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37,255

December 1, 2017

Today is World AIDS Day. As of June 30, 2017, some 37,255 people were living with HIV or AIDs in New Jersey. According to estimates, about one person in nine living with AIDS does not know it. The rate of new HIV cases in the Garden State has declined about 34 percent in a decade, noted acting Health Commissioner Christopher Rinn, who added, “The number of new AIDS diagnoses went from 1,722 in 2006 to 1,137 in 2015.”

Scientists have recently demonstrated that the chances of transmitting HIV are almost nil when people living with HIV are taking their medication as prescribed and have achieved and maintained an undetectable viral load.

In New Jersey:

  • Nearly 80 percent of those living with HIV/AIDS are 40 or older.

  • Women accounted for 33 percent of those living with HIV/AIDS.

  • The number of cases of pediatric AIDS dropped from 12 in 2001 to two in 2015 (83 percent).

  • About 79 percent of those living with HIV/AIDS are black or Hispanic.

A complete list of the locations of the state’s 150 AIDS-testing centers is available online.

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