HIV-Positive People in New Zealand Have High Condom Use Rates, Survey Says
April 15, 2008
The majority of HIV-positive people in New Zealand use condoms during "casual" sex, according to a survey released on Friday by Jeffrey Grierson at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, the New Zealand Herald reports.
The study, titled "HIV Futures NZ2," was conducted in conjunction with the New Zealand AIDS Foundation, Body Positive, Positive Women and several community organizations, according to a NZAF release. It was also funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Health. It is the second HIV Futures study on the topic since 2002.
Other findings from the study included:
The report "documents the significant improvements in health and well-being from the original survey conducted six years ago," Grierson said. "However, there are still major challenges for people living with HIV that include maintaining a good level of health and participating fully in their communities," he noted, adding that the "report provides a critical opportunity to reflect on the response to HIV in New Zealand and to ensure future efforts benefit all people with HIV in this country."
NZAF National Positive Health Manager Eamonn Smythe, said, "It is heartening to know that the increase in availability of treatments for people with HIV has had such a positive result; however, it is clear that there are still several social issues related to an HIV diagnosis that still need to be addressed." Smythe added that NZAF "will take this opportunity to ensure services in the future for HIV-positive people are planned using relevant and up to date research" (NZAF release, 4/11).
The survey is available online.
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