10 Mar 2009

HIV awareness among Maori seen as not high enough

6:45 am on 10 March 2009

An updated ethnicity report on HIV has raised concern that awareness among Maori is not high enough.

Waatea News reports the latest AIDS epidemiology data shows an increase in infections generally, with the high incidence among Maori women and children being particularly worrying.

Marama Pala, kaiwhakahaere of INA - the Maori, indigenous and South Pacific HIV/AIDS Foundation - says Maori women are the most likely group to catch HIV in New Zealand and this is being passed onto children.

She says there is deep concern that Maori with AIDS are not getting help until it becomes full blown AIDS.