11 Jun 2010

Collective to distribute information on HIV and AIDS

6:44 am on 11 June 2010

Organisations working with people with HIV and AIDS have formed a new national collective, the National Collective of People Living with HIV and AIDS.

The Maori Indigenous and South Pacific HIV/AIDS Foundation Trust says the new collective should make it easier to get accurate information to the various communities affected.

Executive director Marama Pala told Waatea News there's still a stigma in the Maori community against people with the disease, which needs to be addressed.

"Some of our whanu are quite frightened, so it's about getting them the right information and tell them they can't get it from sharing cups, or hugging someone, or even kissing someone."