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Max Tweedie (New Zealand AIDS Foundation) - Out in the Park (2018)

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[00:00:00] This program is brought to you by Friday and [00:00:05] So we're [00:00:06] out in the park and the beautiful wife honey pot on a gorgeous Wellington day. [00:00:09] And I'm here with our New Zealand AIDS Foundation staff [00:00:13] and our ending HIV tint. We're kind of here for a couple of reasons. So the first reason is to talk to people about prep, which is the new HIV prevention tool that's been funded by far back from March 1, and also to kind of still push condoms, and have a really fun space that our community can come hang out and talk about ways that they can stay safe. [00:00:33] So is this the first year has been available in New Zealand. [00:00:36] So prep has been available and New Zealand previously, but it's kind of been there's been a few hoops to jump through it's been has to import it from overseas, only a few doctors have known about it. So now far Mac has kind of see that they'll fund the drug, it's going to be $5 for three months supply. And basically it means that you can just go to your doctor, like usual and basically get and get a prescription for Brett not all doctors a yet to kind of all about it and understand it and be really [00:01:01] confident with describing it. [00:01:03] So if you if it's something that people are interested in this list of prescribing doctors on our website that people can get to and make sure they're going to the right place. [00:01:11] So is this the message from the Gates Foundation? Now it's both creep in and condom use? [00:01:16] Yeah, definitely. Um, yeah, there's kind of it is now the kind of three key ways to stay safe the first as and columns, which has kind of been our message for a while. A second is great, because it's proven to protect people from HIV, but also for the third kind of way. So people living with HIV, and around sustained treatment, often they have what's called an undetectable viral load. And that means that if they having unprotected sex, they are still unable to pass HIV on. So that's the third way that people can protect themselves from HIV. And we're going to be talking a little bit about that kind of in the coming in the coming year, which is exciting. [00:01:50] So how are the community responding now to the ice foundations messaging? [00:01:55] Yeah, it's been quite interesting, because quite previously, the New Zealand AIDS Foundation on me has been condoms, condoms, condoms, condoms. And now for us to have [00:02:04] kind of two really new brand new ways of protecting people [00:02:07] from HIV. It's super exciting to be able to share those messages in the community. I think that community I'm pretty excited too, because as you know, not, [00:02:15] you know, condoms, that for everyone, not everyone enjoys using condoms. [00:02:19] So it's great that there are other ways to kind of prevent HIV. [00:02:23] And it's really great. They're able to talk about those and engage with the community. And it seems pretty receptive. There's obviously we've got a lot of questions and stuff that as people have got concerns, but it's been really great being able to engage with people and have really cool conversations and, and hopefully to help achieve us, you know, you know, in HIV, but 2025 years. [00:02:39] And so you say concerns, what are what are the biggest concerns people have? [00:02:43] I think people, people that have been in the community for a long time that have, you know, been around since the 80s. and stuff. You know, they're almost afraid of drifting from the cardinal message. Obviously, if you're on credit for, you know, an undetectable viral load is the way that you stay safe. Obviously, there are still rests of contracting [00:03:01] other [00:03:02] API's. So I guess their concerns around that, but but you know, they being managed, and obviously, there's also concerns about, you know, people saying they're on prem and maybe not being on Brett. But it's really exciting because fast, the messages now you have to take, you know, used to take control of your own of your own sexual health, and it's in your hands. And I think perhaps, right, because it empowers people to do that. So yeah, we've had a couple of concerns, but it's been nothing major at all, and had some really good responses from the general messaging. [00:03:30] So on a personal note, what's it like for you being here today? [00:03:34] Oh, it's fantastic. I've just, mainly I'm Oakland based at the moment. So we just come back off of outcome pride. And now being out in the park, seeing our amazing community come out, and it's beautiful nurse had a beautiful hickory of the youth coming in. And then obviously, if you find a foreigner, it's just amazing to see our community comes together so beautifully and so beautifully diverse, as well. So it means a lot for me to be here proud. And to say such a beautiful, accepted community and they welcomed by the mirror, it's just it's really fantastic for us to be here and be a part of it. [00:04:08] If somebody wasn't able to be here today, for whatever reason, what would you like to what kind of message would you give them? [00:04:14] If you're not able to be here for whatever reason, I think [00:04:18] what I really liked your nose is that there's a lot massive community here to community full of our heart and it's a community full of acceptance and love. So if you can't be here because you're not you can't really you don't feel like you can show yourself here yet then there's a whole community out here waiting for you. That our community supports you and loves you and kind of up and down the country you no matter where you are. You're loved and we can't like See you in the space when you when you finally kind of come out and get to be with us.

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