EAST ORANGE NJ - The City of East Orange spread HIV/AIDS education and awareness on Friday, November 30, 2018 in observance of World AIDS Day.
The East Orange Department of Health and Human Services’ HIV Division, under Director Michael Hodges and HIV Coordinator Hazel Lucas, provided free and confidential HIV/AIDS screenings, counseling, informational sessions and giveaways at the Health Department located at 143 New Street in East Orange.
The event was co-sponsored with support from the North Jersey Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Since 1988, December 1st has been recognized by the global community as World AIDS Day in support for people living with HIV.
“I’m very happy that we as a city are on board with making sure we are doing everything to spread awareness not just on World AIDS Day, but year-round,” said Mayor Ted R. Green. “Our HIV Clinic offers non-discriminatory, confidential and comprehensive services to clients from throughout the state.”
According to World Aids Globally, there are an estimated 36.7 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
“Prevention is hugely important, and that’s what we do here at the Health Department. . . we test, counsel and help people understand how they can prevent becoming infected,” said Hodges.
For more information on how to #knowyourstatus, please visit the Health Department or call 973-266-5480.