New Jersey HIV/AIDS Facts

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HIV/AIDS ACTION TIPS

There are many ways you can take action in response to HIV/AIDS:

  • Get tested for HIV
  • Practice safe methods to prevent HIV
  • Decide not to engage in high risk behaviors
  • Talk about HIV prevention with family, friends, and colleagues
  • Provide support to people living with HIV/AIDS
  • Get involved with or host an event for World AIDS Day in your community

NJ HIV/AIDS Facts

The following is based on information provided by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDHSS) Division of HIV/AIDS Services (DHAS).

  • By mid 2010, 35,247 people are reported living with HIV or AIDS in New Jersey.
  • Minorities account for 76% of adult/adolescent cumulative HIV/AIDS cases and 77% of all persons living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Injection drug use and sexual contact remain the major modes of exposure to HIV infection. The proportion of reported cases with HIV/AIDS who were exposed through injection drug use (IDU) is lower than in the past, while the proportion of cases that were exposed through sexual contact is increasing.
  • 79% of persons living with HIV/AIDS are over 40 years of age or older.
  • 35% of people living with HIV/AIDS in New Jersey are females, 61% of females are currently 20-49 years old.
  • The number of annual pediatric infections has dropped over 90% since 1993.
  • Perinatal transmission was reduced to 1% in 2008.
  • Over 6,000 HIV/AIDS patients received medications through the state’s AIDS Drug Distribution Program (ADDP) in 2009.
  • In 2009 over 96,000 HIV tests were administered through Counseling and Testing Sites.
  • 84% of living individuals infected as children since the 1980’s are now adults/adolescents, 13 years or older.
Did You Know:

that among the 50 United States:

  • NJ has the highest estimated proportion of women living with AIDS?
  • NJ has the third largest proportion of children living with HIV/AIDS?
  • NJ ranks ninth among states in total population, but remains fifth in the total number of AIDS cases reported – only New York, California, Florida and Texas have more cases?
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