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“A blood test is the only way to know for certain whether or not you have HIV,” said Commissioner Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D., “Same day test results mean you don’t have to wait one to two weeks to learn your HIV status. Medical treatment is highly effective when HIV is diagnosed early, and we are reaching out through community organizations and neighborhood businesses to increase awareness of the importance of getting tested.”
“Hair and beauty salons are a hub of social activity in many of the communities where women are most at risk. We want to reach women where they will be comfortable discussing the issue – or where they are likely to pick up a brochure and consider calling our rapid HIV hotline,” said Laurence E.
Throughout the months of May and June, HIV outreach workers are distributing hundreds of kits containing condoms, nail files, and HIV educational pamphlets to beauty salons in
Eighty-one percent of women living with HIV in
Danielle Bush, counselor and coordinator at North Jersey AIDS Alliance in
“Beauty salons are popular and important places in the community where African American and
Mary Lou Freund, coordinator of the testing and counseling department at
Approximately 45,000 people in
Trained counselors are available at all sites to meet with each individual who is tested. Counselors will discuss ways to reduce the risk of becoming infected and explain the next steps for those who test positive. Counselors will also explain the need for additional testing for people who have tested negative but who have had recent exposures to HIV.
Nearly 18,800 people have already taken the test in one of 57 locations in 14 counties around the state since the Department first began offering the test in November 2003.
To get information about the free Rapid HIV Test in your area, call the toll-free number, 1-866-HIV-CHECK.
Department of Health
P. O. Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360