National HIV Testing Day
June 27, 2011 by staff
National HIV Testing Day, June 27 marks National Day of HIV testing and throughout New Jersey local health departments, hospitals and community-based organizations will host a series of community events with free HIV testing.
“Since the discovery of HIV 30 years ago, have made great progress in treating HIV / AIDS. But every day, people follow the infection,” said Acting Director of Health and Senior Services Commissioner Dr. Tina Tan “One of the best ways to take control of your health is getting an HIV test to know their status.”
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all providers of health care offer HIV testing to their 13 – to 64-year-old patients as part of routine medical care.
New Jersey residents are encouraged to visit the test facilities and attend events to raise HIV / AIDS. On Monday, June 27, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of HIV, STD and TB, Connie Calisti-Meyers will join the New Jersey Human Development Corporation, Henry J. Austin Health Center and the New Jersey Women and AIDS Network for a day of education and testing at the Trinity Cathedral in Trenton at 11 am
Rapid HIV Testing is also available in over 170 locations around the state, including local health departments, clinics, hospitals and community health centers. Results are available within 30 minutes, allowing customers to know their status, and if positive, to get attention or respect to the same day service.
New Jersey ranks fifth among the states with approximately 75,000 cases of HIV / AIDS since the epidemic began. In late 2010, New Jersey had a reported 35,688 residents currently living with HIV or AIDS. June 5, 2011 marked the 30th anniversary of the first reports on the condition that would eventually become known as HIV.
HIV / AIDS has been particularly devastating for minority populations in New Jersey. Only 14 percent of New Jersey’s population is African American, yet African Americans constitute 54 percent of people living with HIV / AIDS in New Jersey. Latinos make up 15 percent of the population of New Jersey, but comprise 23 percent of people living with HIV / AIDS. Overall, minorities represent 78 percent of all people living with HIV / AIDS.
Nationally, New Jersey has one of the highest percentages of women with the disease. Injecting drug use and sexual contact remain the major sources of exposure to HIV, but the percentage of cases involving sexual contact is increasing while the proportion of cases related to injecting drug use is declining.
New Jersey events are planned to celebrate the National Day of HIV testing include:
Monday June 27, 10 to 2 and the Spanish Community Center will offer free trials to 3900 Ventnor Ave, Atlantic City.
Monday, June 27, 10 am-3 pm North Jersey Community Research Initiative (NJCRI) will hold a community cookout in honor of the day free National HIV Testing at 393 Central Avenue. In Newark. The event wills NJCRI HIV testing and sexually transmitted diseases and other health screenings.
Monday, June 27 from 11am to 15:00 of tests, and free education will be available at Trinity Cathedral, 801 West State Street, Trenton, New Jersey, sponsored by the Human Development Corporation, Henry J. Austin Health Center and the New Jersey Women and AIDS Network.
Monday, June 27, Camden Area Health Education Center and Camden AIDS Advisory Council will sponsor HIV testing and health screenings 14:30 to 19:00 at Millennium Skate World 1900 Carmen Street, Camden.
A complete listing of events can be found online on the Department website. In addition, the test is available throughout the year in locations around the state for rapid testing locations, please visit: http://nj.gov/health/aids/rapidtesting/location.shtml or call: 1-800-624-2377.
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