Positive Women Inc. is a support organisation for Women and Families living with HIV and AIDS. We are also involved in HIV advocacy, awareness and destigmatisation.

Women represent the invisible face of the HIV and AIDS epidemic. We are women who lead the very usual life of the average woman. We run households, cook dinner, have jobs, raise families and have grandchildren. We also often look after our sick partners and keep everything together.

News at Positive Women

 August 2015 Issue of Positive News
In August's Positive News we report on the latest HIV statistics in New Zealand by the AIDS Epidemiology Group from Otago University. We also report back on the results of the review we conducted amongst our members of the services Positive Women provides. Plus we have articles on our annual Seminar and AGM. We farewell Anna our administrator and introduce Danielle who is taking over from Anna. To read the newsletter go HERE

PWI Urges Caution with HIV Self-Testing Kits
As the news of the first legally approved HIV self-testing kits going on sale in the U.K. is being broadcast in New Zealand, Jane Bruning, National Coordinator of Positive Women Inc., the national support organisation for women and families living with HIV and AIDS, wants the public to be aware of the problems of using these kits. Read our full Press Release here

Positive Women Inc. marched in the 2015 Auckland Pride Parade
On Saturday 21st of February, a merry band of 20 ladies came together to represent PWI at the Pride Parade. The overall theme of the parade was Gods and Monsters so we dressed accordingly - the monsters representing stigma and discrimination, the Goddesses representing the sentiments of love, hope, solidarity, acceptance, community, dignity, respect, peace, unity, support, harmony, and empathy. We marched in solidarity and support of the LGBTQIA community as well as supporting women living with HIV. It was a wonderful event - joyous and uplifting. Check out our photo gallery of the event here

PWI's Dear Friend Bruce Kilmister Resigning as Executive Director of Body Positive
At the end of this year Bruce is stepping down from leading Body Positive after two decades of tireless work for People Living with HIV in New Zealand. All of us here at Positive Women Inc. are wish him well for this next stage of his life and he will be sorely missed. To Bruce Kilmister - a true gentleman warrior!
Welcome to the new Executive Director, Mark Fisher.

PWI Presenting at a Health Committee Meeting on Subsidising Female Condoms
Our National Coordinator, Jane, is presenting at Parliament on Wednesday 5th November as part of a health committee meeting on subsidising the cost of female condoms. Read the NZ Herald article highlighting our stance here

2014 HIV Women's Seminar 
This year's seminar was well attended and well received. You can read the presentations from the day here.

Gardasil Vaccine is Now Free for People Living with Diagnosed HIV Aged Under 26
Check out the article here

We Did It! Female Condoms Finally Given the Stamp of Approval in NZ
Positive Women Inc. is very pleased to announce that Tony Ryall, Minister of Health has approved an amendment to the Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Act 1977 to allow for the sale of female condoms within New Zealand. Read the full press release here

Article on Female Condoms making a Comeback
When an article about female condoms appears in the "Life & Style" section of a news site, you know it's inching closer to the mainstream and to acceptance! PWI was way ahead of the curve on this one. Click to read the article on stuff.co.nz here

Paper Dolls Presented to Parliament
On Friday 7th March, Positive Women Inc. presented 200+ paper dolls in support of bringing female condoms to New Zealand to Labour MP Carol Beaumont. The presentation was made on the steps of Parliament early in the morning. This presentation marks the culmination of our three year long Paper Doll campaign. Read the media coverage here.