|Title||NZAF - SPERM POSITIVE|
|Brand||NEW ZEALAND AIDS FOUNDATION|
|Product / Service||HIV PREVENTION|
|Category||E03. Disease Awareness & Understanding|
|Entrant||DDB NEW ZEALAND Auckland, NEW ZEALAND|
|Idea Creation||DDB NEW ZEALAND Auckland, NEW ZEALAND|
|Media Placement||MANGO Auckland, NEW ZEALAND|
|PR||MANGO Auckland, NEW ZEALAND|
|Production||DDB NEW ZEALAND Auckland, NEW ZEALAND|
|Production 2||COLLECTIVE FORCE Auckland, NEW ZEALAND|
|Post Production||DDB NEW ZEALAND Auckland, NEW ZEALAND|
|Damon Stapleton||DDB Group New Zealand||Chief Creative Officer|
|Gary Steele||DDB Group New Zealand||Executive Creative Director|
|Haydn Kerr||DDB Group New Zealand||Creative Director|
|Jacob Newton||DDB Group New Zealand||Copywriter|
|Josep Jover||DDB Group New Zealand||Art Director|
|Danica Paki||DDB Group New Zealand||Business Lead|
|Paris Reardon||DDB Group New Zealand||Business Manager|
|Rina Transom||DDB Group New Zealand||Senior Digital Producer|
|Jason Vertongen||DDB Group New Zealand||Head of Design|
|Danillo Castilho||DDB Group New Zealand||Lead Front End Developer|
|Anastasia Maslennikova||DDB Group New Zealand||Motion Designer|
|Amanda Summersby||DDB Group New Zealand||Post Production Producer|
|Dan Cummings||DDB Group New Zealand||Editor|
|Mike Hammond||DDB Group New Zealand||Senior Editor|
|Marcel de Ruiter||DDB Group New Zealand||Studio Director|
|Nicole Dekker||DDB Group New Zealand||Senior Mac Designer|
|Anna Hall||DDB Group New Zealand||Senior Business Director|
|Paul Edwards||DDB Group New Zealand||Mac Designer|
|Libby Cavenett||The Collective Force||Producer|
|Tom Robertson||The Collective Force||Photographer|
|Jason Jones||The Collective Force||Photography Producer|
|Dylan Crummer||The Collective Force||Content Producer|
|Katy Hughes||Mango Communications||Senior Account Director|
|Chloe Leuschke||Mango Communications||Group Business Director|
|Anthony Walton||New Zealand Aids Foundation||Marketing & Communications Lead|
|Mark Fisher||Body Positive Inc||Executive Director|
|Jane Bruning||Positive Women||National Coordinator|
|Micky Power||New Zealand AIDS Foundation||Marketing, Communications & Fundraising Manager|
In creating the world's first HIV-positive sperm bank we were able to deliver our key message, that when treated, HIV cannot be passed on. HIV is a polarising topic with a heavy stigma, so by leaning into the problem we were able to create a campaign that generated a global conversation on the topic, making a huge impact on a very small budget. Sperm Positive has influenced opinions on HIV, leading to a change in attitudes that has seen people begin to not only accept people living with HIV, but accept them as sperm donors to have a child with.
The sperm donor industry typically rejects HIV-positive sperm donors. This is largely due to the fact that there is a lack of awareness that HIV cannot be passed on when treated.
By launching an HIV-positive sperm bank, people living with HIV were given the opportunity to do something they never thought they would be able to do - create life, and be apart of a campaign that educates the world about the reality of their condition.
Since 1981, HIV has been a death sentence. Medical advancements have changed that – and now, with treatment, HIV becomes undetectable in the body and cannot be passed on, even through unprotected sex, bodily fluid, or childbirth. But because most people don't know this, the stigma of HIV has never changed. For World AIDS Day 2019, the New Zealand AIDS Foundation needed an idea that would fight the stigma of HIV by showing that the virus cannot be passed on in a way the world has never seen before. We needed the campaign to have a big impact on a very small budget and create a new conversation about the truth of HIV. So, we did the unthinkable – we created the world’s first sperm bank for HIV-positive sperm donors.
To show the world that HIV cannot be passed on, we created Sperm Positive: The World’s First HIV-Positive Sperm Bank. The online sperm bank gave men living with HIV the opportunity to join and become sperm donors, it gave women the opportunity to register as recipients and allowed us to create a PR-led conversation that would show the world that HIV cannot be passed on in the most undeniable way possible – childbirth.
The stigma of HIV still exists all over the world – it’s a hugely polarizing topic. So, we leaned into the problem to ensure we could create a conversation topic that would make a big impact on a very small budget. By creating a sperm bank for HIV-positive sperm donors, we were able to create a campaign that shocked and educated people all over the world, delivering our key message that when treated, HIV cannot be passed on - even through childbirth. It also allowed us to reach out to our community of men and women living with HIV, so we could share their stories and let them be a part of tackling the stigma of HIV.
We used World AIDS Day 2019 to launch Sperm Positive, opening our online sperm bank at a time when HIV was most relevant. As well as calling for donors and recipients to register, the sperm bank shared information about how that when treated, HIV cannot be passed on and allowed them to join. Because the stigma of HIV still exists all over the world and is a hugely polarizing topic, we leaned into the problem to ensure we could create a conversation topic that would make a big impact on a very small budget. Our call for donors and recipients was quickly picked up by media all over the world, sharing our key message, and generating a global conversation about the reality of HIV.
Sperm Positive instantly created a global conversation about the reality of HIV. Within a week, 94 countries shared our story, as we managed to reach an audience of over 1.8 billion. Now, Sperm Positive isn't just changing beliefs - it's changing lives. To date, 4 babies are due in 2021, 32 women have registered as recipients, 27 HIV-positive sperm donors have joined. And at 9:10am on January 19th, 2021, our first mother went into labour - the first birth from an HIV-positive sperm bank. Our campaign has changed behaviors in a way few thought was possible - it has seen people not only begin to accept people living with HIV, but to accept them as sperm donors to have a child with.