April 17, 2013
Despite a slight rise in overall HIV diagnoses during 2012, the New Zealand Aids Foundation is celebrating the success of its "Get It On" condom promotion campaign, which was launched in 2010. The latest statistics released by the University of Otago's Aids Epidemiology Group reflect a 20 percent drop in the number of new HIV cases in New Zealand since the launch of the campaign. The group has been responsible for national HIV/AIDS surveillance in the country since 1989. The group determined that statistics show that while the total number of diagnoses in 2012 was slightly higher than in 2011, it was lower than any year during the period 2003 to 2010. Aids Foundation Executive Director Shaun Robinson said the number of new heterosexual HIV diagnoses has continued to decline since approximately 2006, and the biggest change since 2010 is seeing a decline of approximately 20 percent in the number of new diagnoses for men who have sex with men. For further information, visit www.nzaf.org.nz.