The NZAF is committed to honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi through a practical commitment to biculturalism, including working co-operatively with whānau, hapu, runanga and iwi as well as Māori organisations, particularly those exercising mana whenua where the NZAF has a physical presence.
Gay, bisexual and takatāpui men were, and continue to be, the first people in Aotearoa New Zealand to be significantly affected by the HIV epidemic. The gay communities responded quickly to the emerging epidemic in Aotearoa New Zealand and the NZAF was formed from those gay community initiatives in the 1980s. The inception and growth of the NZAF came from the aroha and passion of these founders. The gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, takatāpui, fa’afafine, akava’ine, leiti and queer communities remain at the heart of the work of the NZAF.
By respecting, embracing and fully committing to diversity of cultures in all aspects of our work, the NZAF will strengthen and deliver an appropriate and effective response to the HIV epidemic.
The communities most at risk of HIV in Aotearoa New Zealand are gay and bisexual men, followed by African communities based in Aotearoa New Zealand. The majority of HIV diagnoses in Aotearoa New Zealand result from sexual transmission between men, leading the NZAF to focus much of its efforts on men who have sex with men. Since 2000, increasing numbers of men, women and children from Aotearoa New Zealand-based African communities have been diagnosed with HIV. From 2005, the NZAF has worked with African communities to deliver heterosexual HIV prevention programmes to those most at risk of HIV.
Emerging epidemiological trends are, and will continue to be, constantly monitored so that the NZAF can respond effectively and appropriately to evidence of significantly elevated risk in other communities.
The advent of effective antiretroviral treatment has dramatically changed the experience of living with HIV. These treatments have improved life expectancy but can come with side effects. It is important to remain focused on ensuring the latest treatments are available and funded in a timely way, and that HIV-related stigma and discrimination is continually challenged. The NZAF is committed to working sensitively on the special health needs of those who are living with HIV, their whānau and families, and to ensuring that services for people living with HIV are high quality, effective and professional.
In recognition of the Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV and AIDS Declaration 1994 (GIPA), the NZAF has a practical commitment to ensuring the increased involvement of people living with HIV in all aspects of its operations including organisational decisionmaking and service delivery.
Research and science-based knowledge has been central to the development of the work of the NZAF since its inception. The activities and initiatives of the NZAF will continue to be informed by scientific information, analysis, research and evidence of the most effective interventions and methodologies.
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