More than $19 million in state grants will go to 54 community organization and health agencies in New Jersey for the prevention and treatment of HIV and AIDS.
Gov. Chris Christie and state Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd announced the funding Tuesday at the Hyacinth AIDS Foundation in New Brunswick.
Because of medical advances, O’Dowd says AIDS is now a chronic condition rather than a lethal one. More than 36,000 New Jersey residents are living with HIV, she said.
“Residents with HIV and AIDS live a much longer, healthier life,” she said. “The department has programs to help ensure those residents have access to services that will keep them healthy in a home, staying well and helping others for much longer periods of time.”
O’Dowd says the state grants will ensure that more residents are educated to know how to protect themselves, as well as providing the opportunity for testing and treatment.