AIDS Epidemiology Group

 

About the AIDS Epidemiology Group

Based in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago, the AIDS Epidemiology Group has been responsible for national surveillance of AIDS and HIV infection in New Zealand since 1989.

Established by Professor Sir David Skegg, initial funding was provided by the Medical Research Council of New Zealand. Once its principal methods were established, funding for the Group's core surveillance activities and special projects was taken over by New Zealand's Ministry of Health and the Health Research Council.

The aims of the AEG are to:

  • Monitor the epidemic of HIV/AIDS in New Zealand through ongoing surveillance
  • Develop, and when appropriate, to apply, new methods of monitoring and evaluation, and
  • Contribute to the wider knowledge of HIV infection and AIDS.

The Health Protection Amendment Bill was passed by the New Zealand Government in June 2016.

A key change within this Bill in regards to HIV reporting is that as from the 4th January 2017, HIV is a notifiable disease and therefore cases need to be notified to the relevant Medical Officer of Health. The changeover to this new reporting system is taking longer than anticipated, therefore the AIDS Epidemiology Group are continuing to request HIV reports from laboratories and from clinicians responsible for diagnosing and caring for HIV infected individuals.

 

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Latest Publication: Actual and undiagnosed HIV prevalence in a community sample of men who have sex with men in Auckland, New Zealand

 

Dunedin School of Medicine University of Otago