HIV is still considered to be epidemic in New Jersey, with 37,000 residents affected. The Murphy administration says it wants that to end by 2025. As part of that effort, the state Department of Health just announced it’s teaming up with the Rutgers School of Public Health and hundreds of organizations across the country on a campaign dubbed U=U (Undetectable = Untransmittable).
U=U is a global campaign to spread awareness about how effective medications are in preventing the sexual transmission of HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, that in turn can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, AIDS, if not treated.
“Scientific advances in HIV care and treatment are game changers that can get us to the vision of a future in which new HIV infections are rare,” state Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal said. “In New Jersey, the rate of new HIV cases has declined 39 percent in nearly a decade because of success in getting people tested for HIV and linked to treatment.”
The number of new HIV diagnoses in New Jersey declined from 1,722 cases in 2006 to 1,048 in 2017.
More than 79,000 free, confidential rapid HIV tests were administered at more than 170 locations in the state in 2017. Here’s a list of the testing sites.