Open Door is a community-based TV series where groups or individuals make a documentary about an issue that concerns them. This frank and moving episode is about Positive Women, a support organisation for women and families living with HIV or AIDS. The HIV positive women interviewed include health care worker Jan Waddell, who became HIV positive after a needle stick injury, and Marama Pala, who was diagnosed after sleeping with Peter Mwai, the musician who was later charged with having sex with multiple partners while knowing he was HIV positive.
Even after 25 years, people are still thinking that this is a male related illness and I think that’s why women suffer that little bit extra stigma.– Health care worker Jan Waddell, who contracted HIV through a needle stick injury
Made with funding from NZ On Air