HIV, STD and TB Services

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About Us


Office of the Assistant Commissioner - is comprised of the Assistant Commissioner, the STD Program and the Program Evaluation and Monitoring unit. The Assistant Commissioner has overall administrative and managerial responsibility for all Division activities.

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Administrative Services - provides administrative support services to the Division. The unit is responsible for Human Resources Management, Accounting and Procurement, and Building and Facilities Management.

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Monitoring and Evaluation Unit - monitors all state and federal grant-funded agencies, using federal and state monitoring standards. The unit is responsible for program oversight of all care and treatment services, prevention and education services, counseling, testing and referral services, and training. Grants include HIV/AIDS care and support services; HIV Early Intervention Programs (EIP); HIV counseling and testing programs; and community-based HIV prevention projects. In conjunction with financial services, the unit ensures fiscal responsibility of grantees and provides technical assistance with regards to Requests for Application. With assistance from the department and the community, the unit also coordinates New Jersey’s special testing, education and awareness events (e.g., National Black Awareness, Social Marketing, National Latino Awareness Day, National Testing Day).

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Care and Treatment Unit - oversees the development of integrated systems of care designed to address the care and treatment needs of persons living with HIV in New Jersey. This unit serves as the Ryan White Title II grantee in New Jersey and oversees the CARE Activities, which include the AIDS Drug Distribution Program, the HIV Home Care Program, the Health Insurance Continuation Program, and the regional HIV Care Services.

Federal funding through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is combined with state funding to support: referral to early intervention and ambulatory care resources; data analysis; and program evaluation. Other projects administered through this office include the federal Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program, HIV/AIDS care and support services, and the HIV Early Intervention Programs (EIP) which offer medical care and case management for persons living with HIV.

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Prevention and Education Unit - is responsible for establishing, developing, and monitoring community-based HIV prevention projects that utilize street/community outreach, health education/risk reduction interventions, and community-level interventions to reduce high risk behavior among injection drug users (IDU) and their sex partners, men who have sex with men, and at-risk women and youth. HIV counseling and testing is also now housed within this unit. The unit provides the public with information via the NJ AIDS/STD Hotline (1-800-624-2377).

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Epidemiologic Services Unit - collects, manages, reviews, analyzes, interprets, and disseminates information from HIV/AIDS surveillance activities. These activities include case finding epidemiologic investigations and HIV incidence and behavioral studies. The data containing all the confidential HIV and AIDS case reports from field investigations, health care providers and laboratories is analyzed, interpreted and maintained in the confidential HIV/AIDS registry. Summary reports are disseminated through the HIV/AIDS semi-annual summaries. The Unit's Notification Assistance Program (NAP) provides field investigators who conduct confidential field investigations of sexual and needle-sharing partners of HIV infected individuals, and conducts post-test follow-up of confidentially tested HIV positive patients who fail to return for their test results. Field investigators also conduct HIV counseling and testing of sex and needle-sharing partners located. HIV testing is conducted by a non-invasive procedure to collect oral mucosal transudate.

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