PM hits Big Gay Out

The Prime Minister Bill English made his first appearance at Big Gay Out in Auckland today.

He spent an hour meeting event-goers and touring the stalls, but did not make a speech like his predecessor, John Key, often did.

Mr English stood by his decision, saying he did not want to bring politics into what is a fun family day out.

"There's plenty of time for discussions about the political and health issues facing the community. Read More…

No-brainer to fund HIV drug for most at risk

Labour announced this at the Big Gay Out - and for a reason.

The number of people diagnosed with HIV in this country is increasing -- in the 1990s, typically fewer than 100 people a year were diagnosed with it.

Then, it spiked in the 2000s, before dropping off again six years ago to around 109 new cases.

But it's been rising ever since and rising significantly. Read More…

Bill English shows strong interest in HIV PrEP study

In what was his longest conversation during his Big Gay Out walkabout this afternoon Prime Minister Bill English appeared well-briefed and engaged on the subject of a pilot programme for a medication-based HIV prevention technique.

English spoke with researchers and backers of a study looking for 150 participants to help assess the effect of PrEP, a prevention technique whereby people without HIV but who are at significant risk of contracting it take a medication designed to stop any acquired infection in its tracks. Read More…

NZ PrEP Study launching at Big Gay Out

The NZ PrEP Study will officially launch this weekend at the Big Gay Out in Auckland on Sunday 12th February 2017. If you are at the Big Gay Out on Sunday, pop along and visit us at our tent for more information on the study. Read More…

The PrEP Study will be starting very soon

The PrEP Study will be starting very soon, watch this space for further details. Read More…