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?