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Lakes DHB HIV Service

Public Service, Infectious Diseases


Lakes DHB HIV Service provides ongoing healthcare support for individuals living with HIV. 

We are a small specialist service, operating regular outpatient clinics. All engagement with our service is strictly private and confidential.

The aims of our service are to:

  • support patients to manage their condition
  • help patients understand how to best take their medications
  • help reduce admissions to hospital
  • educate about HIV infection

Where to find us: Clinic appointments are held at the Rangiora Clinic on the edge of the hospital campus at 1123 Rangiuru Street (opposite the intersection of Whakaue Street)
See the Rotorua Hospital Grounds map here.


What is HIV?
HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV belongs to a group of viruses called Retroviruses which work by invading the genetic material of cells within your body. Normally, the body’s immune system would fight off such a virus, but HIV stops this from happening by infecting the cells that fight off infection. The virus can live in the body for years without causing obvious damage, though it will continue replicating over this time.

There’s currently no cure for HIV; once a person is diagnosed with the virus it stays in their system for life. There are, however, many quality medications available to help people who live with HIV. Strict adherence to antiretroviral regimens (ARVs) can dramatically slow the disease's progress as well as prevent secondary infections and complications.


Referral Expectations

Individuals are referred to our team by their treating clinician. People can also self-refer to our service by emailing

After referral, our team will contact you directly to schedule a clinical appointment.


HIV-related care is publicly funded within New Zealand.

Procedures / Treatments

  • Antivirals / Antiretrovirals

    There is a wide range of drugs or treatments that can be used to control the amount of HIV in your body.… More


Rangiora clinic has designated carparking outside.


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Contact Details

Rangiora Health Clinic
1123 Rangiuru Street
Opposite the intersection of Whakaue Street
Rotorua Hospital Grounds

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Street Address

Rangiora Health Clinic
1123 Rangiuru Street
Opposite the intersection of Whakaue Street
Rotorua Hospital Grounds

Postal Address

Rotorua Hospital
Private Bag 3023
Rotorua Mail Centre
Rotorua 3046

This page was last updated at 7:26AM on March 14, 2022. This information is reviewed and edited by Lakes DHB HIV Service.