Where do the two main parties vying for power stand when it comes to ending HIV transmission in NZ?
- 📅12 September, 2017
This is an important election for many reasons. In the context of HIV, New Zealand is genuinely at a crossroads. All of the tools required to end new HIV transmissions in New Zealand by 2025 now exist. We asked the two main New Zealand political parties where they stand on committing to make this aspirational goal a reality.
New Zealand National Party
The current government has said that it ‘supports NZ AIDS Foundation’s aspiration to make New Zealand HIV free’ and that ‘we’ve got to continue to do more’. They ‘acknowledge that the landscape has changed and that a more modernised and sophisticated approach is needed’ and noted that 'stakeholder discussions are currently underway’. The Ministry intends to 'formally communicate its position on these issues shortly’.
The Labour Party of New Zealand
The New Zealand Labour Party has said they are ‘absolutely committed to ending HIV transmissions by 2025’. To do this, their policy is to increase access to sexual health services, testing, and early treatment; funding access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP); and supporting education, research, and community groups. They noted that PrEP funding is a small investment which will protect the health of New Zealanders and will save millions in lifetime treatment’.
If you would like to find out more about the Health policies of each party they can be found here: