Ecstasy is illegal in New Zealand, scheduled as a Class B drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975. The penalty for importing, manufacturing or supplying ecstasy is a maximum of 14 years imprisonment. Possession of ecstasy could incur three months jail and a fine up to $500.
Because ecstasy is illegal there have been no proper clinical trials looking at the risks of using the drug for people with HIV. The effects of ecstasy on the immune system and on HIV disease progression are therefore uncertain.