The number of people diagnosed with HIV in the past year in NZ has fallen according to the new data released by the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF).

According to the 2017 statistics, it showed of the 197 people diagnosed with HIV: 89% were men who have sex with men, 5% were gay Māori male, 2% were trans-Māori women and 1% was heterosexual.

NZ Aids Foundation spokesperson Whatitiri Te Wake says more funding is required for research to actually know what is driving the decrease.

With no funding, it may be harder for NZAF to reach their goal to end HIV transmissions by 2025.