There are more than 36,000 New Jerseyans living with HIV/AIDs, according to Gov. Chris Christie’s office, nearly 7,000 of whom receive medications through the Department of Health’s AIDS drug distribution program.
About one in five individuals living with HIV is unaware that that he or she is infected. Approximately 105,000 HIV tests were administered at 140 HIV testing sites last year. Testing sites are located in all 21 counties.
To help with the prevention and treatment of the disease, Christie announced $19.5 million in state funding for 54 community organizations, hospitals, and health agencies on Tuesday.
Of that sum, $11.2 million will go to HIV counseling, testing, and education, while $8.3 million will go to medical care and social services, including housing aid and legal services. Hyacinth AIDS in New Brunswick, the state’s oldest and largest organization serving those with HIV/AIDs, was given the largest grant: $2.1 million. A complete list of grantees can be found on the state Health Department site.