Body Positive Inc. was set up in response to the emergence of HIV in the early 1980s. As an independent and autonomous initiative started by HIV positive people it was different from other organisations in the field. Body Positive had, and maintains, the unique perspective of "knowing first hand" what it is like to live with the virus and the issues surrounding being HIV+. As such we are able to tailor our services accordingly.
Body Positive was officially incorporated in 1994 as New Zealand's only national HIV+ peer support organisation at that time. Since then it has been joined by Positive Women Inc.