There were 18,989 people in New Jersey living with AIDS in 2007, according to statehealthfacts.org, a website sponsored by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.
Of those infected, 32.2 percent were female — much higher than the national rate of 23.5 percent. New Jersey’s AIDS patients made up 4 percent of all those living with AIDS in the United States. New York, with 15.9 percent, and California, with 14.3 percent, had the largest number of patients.
In New Jersey, 53.4 percent of those with AIDS were African-American, 23.7 percent were white and 21.4 were Latino. There were only 78 cases, or 0.4 percent, of Asians living with AIDS.
In 2009, there were 1,811 new HIV diagnoses. But an HIV diagnosis is no longer a death sentence. Some 952 people, or 5.3 percent of those diagnosed with AIDS — not HIV — died of the disease in 2007, the latest year with reported data.