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June 5th Marks 20 Years of HIV/AIDS in New Jersey
TRENTON - Marking twenty years since the national recognition of the disease that would come to be known as acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or AIDS, Health and Senior Services Commissioner Christine Grant today said that until there is a cure, the Department will continue to serve those in New Jersey with HIV/AIDS and to educate the public on prevention.
The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) today also released its quarterly statistical report showing that 57,163 residents have been reported with HIV/AIDS since 1981 - with about one half of these individuals dying from the disease.
"On this day, as we remember those who died of AIDS, give our support to those living with HIV/AIDS, and applaud the efforts of those working on prevention and treatment as well as those searching for the elusive cure, we cannot give in to complacency," said Grant.
"We will continue aggressively educating our diverse population on how best to protect themselves from HIV infection," said Grant. "We will also continue our outreach efforts to ensure that people at risk are tested and, when found with the virus, receive the kinds of medical treatments that are now prolonging and increasing the quality of life for persons with HIV/AIDS."
"People - particularly young people who may not have witnessed firsthand the ravages of AIDS - must remember there is no cure for AIDS, and while treatments exist, preventing infection is the key to stopping the spread of this deadly disease," Grant added.
Here is an overview on the face of AIDS in New Jersey over the past two decades:
"While HIV/AIDS deaths saw a slight increase in 1999, overall they are down dramatically since 1995," said Health and Senior Services Deputy Commissioner George DiFerdinando, M.D.
For more information on counseling and testing, call the New Jersey AIDS/STD Hotline at 1-800-624-2377.
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