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   PO 360
   Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

   For Release:
   November 29, 2001

George T. DiFerdinando, Jr., MD, MPH
Acting Commissioner

For Further Information Contact:
Laura Otterbourg or Dave Jamieson
(609) 984-7160

Department of Health and Senior Services Releases
2001 World AIDS Day Activities Schedule

TRENTON - The Department of Health and Senior Services has produced a schedule of events in New Jersey marking December 1, 2001 as World AIDS Day. The schedule features 34 events around the state - from a Litany Morning Worship at St. Mark AME Church in Camden County to a Hyacinth AIDS Foundation World AIDS Day Commemoration in Jersey City.

Indeed, December 1st has been a day since 1988 bringing messages of compassion, hope, solidarity and understanding about AIDS to countries throughout the world - and New Jersey is a participant in this around-the-world event. This year's worldwide theme is "I Care...Do You?"

The calendar and other information about HIV/AIDS can be found on the department's website at -- or by calling (609) 984-6052.

"While HIV/AIDS deaths are down in New Jersey, the number of people living with HIV/AIDS continues to increase," said acting Commissioner of Health and Seniors Services George T. DiFerdinando, Jr., MD. "Complacency is a concern, and it's important to remind people that HIV/AIDS continues to be a serious public health issue here at home."

"The Department of Health and Senior Services continues to serve those in New Jersey with HIV/AIDS and to educate our diverse population on prevention," said Dr. DiFerdinando. "It is necessary for people to understand that there is no cure for AIDS, and while treatments exist, preventing infection is the key to stopping the spread of this deadly disease."

Since the beginning of the epidemic, there have been 58,186 people reported with HIV/AIDS in New Jersey. Currently, there are 28,685 adults/adolescents and 1,320 children in New Jersey living with HIV.

For information on HIV/AIDS counseling and testing, call the New Jersey AIDS/STD Hotline at 1-800-624-2377.

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