Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


New Paper Signals Widening of HIV Sector

22 August 2011

New Paper Signals Widening of HIV Sector

The publication of a paper from the University of Otago has been warmly welcomed by the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF) and heralded as the start of a new era in HIV research in New Zealand. Dr Peter Saxton has taken up a post doctoral fellowship at the University of Otago, a move which will greatly increase the potential resources that can be brought to bear on domestic HIV research. The NZAF has a long-term partnership with the University of Otago which houses the AIDS Epidemiology Group and has collaborated on the Gay Auckland Periodic Sex Survey (GAPSS) and Gay Online Sex Survey (GOSS).

Shaun Robinson, NZAF Executive Director, says “We are very pleased to congratulate Dr Saxton on his new position and on the publication of his first paper in a peer-reviewed journal. Moving to Otago University, means that he now has access to university resources like the skills of post-graduate students working on HIV-related topics. This is a considerable maturation and strengthening of both the NZAF’s partnership with the University of Otago and the HIV research sector in New Zealand as a whole.”

Robinson says that the HIV research sector in New Zealand remains under-resourced. “At the moment there are two full-time HIV researchers in New Zealand another four or five who work part time, compared to more than two hundred full- and part-time researchers in Australia. We are very hopeful that the university will be able to facilitate more high quality research into HIV, which is vital to combating the epidemic.”

Dr Saxton will continue to work on topics relating to HIV and gay and bisexual men’s communities in New Zealand. GAPSS and GOSS research and analysis will also continue and will still be used by the NZAF to inform its HIV prevention and support for people living with HIV.

• Dr Saxton’s paper "Increase in HIV diagnoses among men who have sex with men in New Zealand from a stable low period" has been published in Sexual Health 8:311-318.
• The paper is available at


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'

The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>

Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>

Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland