Living with HIV

Living With HIV

Living well with HIV/AIDS means more than taking care of your health. Managing relationships, preventing transmission of HIV to others, childbirth and pregnancy, and traveling with HIV are just some areas where being HIV positive presents special challenges.
Here you'll find information and resources to better assist you in living well with HIV.

Please also feel free to contact us for additional support and advice or if there is anything else you require assistance with.
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HIV Basics

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HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It weakens a person’s immune system by destroying important cells that fight disease and infection. This section will give you basic information about HIV, such as how it’s transmitted and how you can prevent it.

HIV Medication Information

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Summary information about HIV medications used in New Zealand and selected drugs under development.
Information in this section is general in nature and is intended to support, not replace, the advice you get from your treating doctor.

HIV Tests and Treatments

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This booklet describes the currently available antiviral drugs for the treatment and management of HIV infection. It also describes some common tests used to monitor the health of people with HIV, and how these tests can be used to help you look after your health, or make decisions about starting, stopping or changing antiviral treatments.

Travel and Immigration

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Travelling around the world can involve new challenges and obstacles as many countries still restrict the entry, residence and stay of foreigners who are living with HIV.


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Disclosure or telling someone you are HIV positive is a very private and personal step for you to take.

This information will help you make informed decisions about this important step.

Alcohol and Drugs

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If you are living with HIV, you may wonder what alcohol and other recreational drugs will do to your body. You may be wondering whether drugs are bad for your immune system. And how do recreational drugs interact with your HIV medications?

Here, you can read about what alcohol and drugs can do to your overall health.

Recently Diagnosed

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If you have only recently learned that you are HIV positive, you may be feeling shocked, frightened, angry or upset.

This booklet details how the virus affects your body, ofers advice on how to manage your life as an HIV positive person and provides suggestions on how to make decisions around treatments, sex, telling people and your legal rights.

Positive Leadership Development Institute

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The Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI) offers people living with HIV an opportunity to identify and develop their leadership and resilience skills.

The PLDI program aims to create a network of informed and empowered people living with HIV (PLHIV) who will participate in and influence their local communities.

Undetectable [+u]

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The scientific evidence is clear. Someone who has undetectable levels of virus in their blood does not pose an infection risk to their sexual partners.

Managing Side Effects

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This booklet is for people with HIV who experience side effects from HIV treatments or other physical symptoms that may be due to HIV infection. It is intended as a guide to help you identify the kinds of side effects that some people with HIV experience, and to provide suggestions on how to prevent, manage, reduce or eliminate some common side effects through the use of medicines, complementary and supportive therapies or practical measures.

HIV and Smoking

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Smoking principally interferes with normal lung function, however in people living with HIV the risk of chronic lung disease is significantly increased along with many other conditions such as heart disease, liver problems, strokes and cancer.

Growing Older with HIV

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The impact of HIV on our bodies and on the immune system as we get older is greatly affected by ageing. HIV affects each of us differently. Some people progress to symptoms very quickly, while others live for 20-plus years without any signs of immune suppression or symptoms. Each of us ages differently as well. How well we age and how the ageing of our bodies‘ impacts upon our health is unique to each of us. Therefore, HIV infection - coupled with natural ageing - creates added challenges for maintaining good health.

Top Tips

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Of the many challenges faced by people living with HIV, one of the most difficult is keeping up to date with important information about the treatment and day-to-day management of HIV.

These tips have been identified as among the most important things people with HIV need to know about managing their health and well being.

Gay Sex & Risk

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The basics of HIV prevention for gay men - explaining how to avoid getting HIV and how to avoid passing it on to others.

This booklet provides information about looking after yourself and having fun at the same time.

HIV & Hep C Co-infection

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HIV and hepatitis C co-infection means that a person has both HIV & hepatitis C. This booklet provides information specific to HIV and hepatitis C co-infection.


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A seven week sex and self confidence workshop for gay and bisexual HIV+ men.

HIV+ Peer Navigation

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Talking with someone who is HIV+ can reduce the stress and anxiety of being told you are HIV positive.

Peer Navigators give you someone to turn to who has already 'been there'.
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