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The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services is co-sponsoring events in
“The HIV/AIDS epidemic disproportionately impacts the African-American community and awareness programs play a vital role in combating this terrible disease,” Commissioner Lacy said. “Community groups play an important role in talking to families and neighbors about the severity of this epidemic, and urging African-Americans to take care of their health.”
As a result, one in 66 African-Americans in
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness and Information Day was created in 2001 by five national organizations known collectively as the Community Capacity Building Coalition, which is funded by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The national mobilization effort urges African-Americans to “get educated, get tested, and get involved” with HIV/AIDS.
Newark – On February 6, the North Jersey AIDS Alliance, City of
Trenton – On February 6, The New Jersey Human Development Corporation of
Atlantic City – On February 7, the Atlantic City Health Department is sponsoring a health fair from to at the
As part of the ongoing effort to raise HIV/AIDS awareness in the African-American community, DHSS has created a public awareness campaign targeting African-American women and Latinas, minority men who have sex with men, and injection drug users. The campaign includes television and radio commercials, as well as printed materials, and was developed with approximately $500,000 in federal funding.
The paid commercials are now airing on the Comcast and Cablevision cable systems, and are expected to reach 2.4 million households. The advertisements are being shown on Black Entertainment Television, Galavision, MTV, and other shows to reach the target audience. The 15-week campaign began in late November 2003 – just before World AIDS Day – and runs through February 15.
Anyone wishing to get tested for HIV may visit any of the 45 DHSS-funded counseling and testing sites statewide. Call the Department’s HIV/AIDS Hotline at 1-800-624-2377 for more information
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