New Jersey HIV/AIDS Facts

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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


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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