Health Indicator Report of HIV Testing
Knowing they have HIV infection allows people with HIV to protect other people with whom they have sex or share drugs and needles from becoming infected. Knowing that one is positive for HIV helps that person to make better decisions about sex and health care. Persons who know they have HIV can get medical care and take antiviral medications that can reduce HIV spread by as much as 96%.
NotesThis is Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective HIV-4. Data for White and Black do not include Hispanics. Hispanic ethnicity includes persons of any race. The sample size is too small (n<50) to calculate reliable rates for Asians.
Data SourceBehavioral Risk Factor Survey, Center for Health Statistics, New Jersey Department of Health
DefinitionProportion of adults aged 18-64 years who have been tested for HIV in the past 12 months
NumeratorWeighted number of survey respondents in designated subgroup who reported being tested for HIV in the past 12 months
DenominatorWeighted total number of survey respondents in designated subgroup except those with missing, "Don't know/Not sure," and "Refused" responses.
Other ObjectivesHealthy New Jersey 2020 Objective HIV-4: Increase the proportion of adults aged 18-64 years who have been tested for HIV in the past 12 months to 16% for the total population, 11.8% among Whites, 42.5% among Blacks, and 23.2% among Hispanics.
What Is Being Done?HIV rapid tests have been developed allowing an individual to receive a result in 20 to 40 minutes. These tests are offered at many of New Jersey's publicly funded sites. This should greatly increase the percentage of persons tested for HIV at publicly funded sites who receive their test results.
Available ServicesRapid HIV testing sites: http://nj.gov/health/aids/rapidtesting/index.shtml
Health Program InformationNJDOH HIV/AIDS Program: http://nj.gov/health/aids/index.shtml
Page Content Updated On 06/11/2015, Published on 12/30/2016