HIV Support

Newly Diagnosed?

Everyone responds to an HIV diagnosis differently – there is no right or wrong way to handle the news. It’s important to remember that treatments for HIV have improved enormously in recent times. Many people living with HIV are only taking one or two pills a day, and manage to keep the long term health impacts of HIV to a minimum.

Want someone to talk to?

You can contact one of the Pamoja team if you have any questions or need to talk to someone. There are two main peer support organisations that are run by people living with HIV in New Zealand. You can access these organisations in addition to support from the Pamoja team.

Burnett Foundation Aotearoa (formerly the New Zealand AIDS Foundation) provides counselling for free to anyone who is living with, or thinks they may be at risk of HIV, as well as their friends, partner(s) and whānau.

Once you are diagnosed, any sexual partners that may be at risk of HIV due to their contact with you will be contacted and encouraged to test for HIV. This is not something you have to do. It will be done by the health service and your identity will be kept confidential.