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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV, including 166,000 people (about 1 in 7 people) who do not know they are infected. In 2015, nearly 40,000 people were diagnosed with HIV. Thirty percent of new HIV infections are transmitted by people who are living with undiagnosed HIV. For those who are living with undiagnosed HIV, testing is the first step in maintaining a healthy life and reducing the spread of HIV.

 

The CDC advises routine HIV screening of adults, adolescents, and pregnant women in health care settings in the United States.  They recommend that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care.  A general rule for those with risk factors for HIV is to get tested annually.  The only way to know for sure whether you have HIV is to get tested.  An individual knowing their HIV status gives them powerful information to help them take steps to make healthy decisions to prevent getting or transmitting HIV.

 

For those age 13 and up, the Bergen County Department of Health Services offers free and confidential HIV testing with same day results to anyone wishing to know their HIV status. Testing is performed at the Housing, Health and Human Services Center located at 120 South River St. Hackensack, NJ. The Bergen County HIV Counseling and Testing site is funded by the New Jersey Department of Health, and administered by the Bergen County Department of Health Services.

 

The center is open on the following days and times:   Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm and on the first Saturday of every month from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  The last test will be conducted 45 minutes before closing.  Appointments are available on request.

 

No appointment is necessary, but they are available upon request.  For those speaking Spanish, Se Habla Espanol, call 201-336-3350. 

 

For additional information, call 201-336-3350.

 

A promotional flyer is attached.  Please forward, post, print and network to your personal/professional contacts about the availability of this site and encourage those individuals at risk to be tested to determine their HIV status.

 

The CDC estimates that more than 90% of all new infections could be prevented by proper testing and linking HIV positive persons to care. HIV testing saves lives! It is one of the most powerful tools in the fight against HIV.

 

Doing It is a new national HIV testing and prevention campaign from the CDC designed to motivate all adults to get tested for HIV and know their status.  For more information visit http://www.cdc.gov/actagainstaids/campaigns/doingit/index.html

 

Special thanks to Jack Auslander, RN, BSN, Public Health Nurse, HIV Program Coordinator, Bergen County Department of Health Services, for providing this important information.

 

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day—September 18, 2017

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that people aged 55 and older accounted for 26% of the estimated 1.2 million people living with diagnosed or undiagnosed HIV infection in the United States in 2013. In older adults, HIV is too often diagnosed late in the course of the infection, leading to shorter HIV-to-AIDS intervals. CDC reports that in 2014, 40% of people aged 55 and older were diagnosed with AIDS at the time of HIV diagnosis.

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, founded by the AIDS Institute, is observed each year on September 18 to call attention to the challenges that older Americans face in terms of HIV prevention, testing, care, and treatment.

 

For more information on National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, visit https://aidsinfo.nih.gov/understanding-hiv-aids/hiv-aids-awareness-days/165/national-hiv-aids-and-aging-awareness-day or https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/library/awareness/nhaaad.html