December 12, 2013
This article was reported by NorthJersey.com.
NorthJersey.com recently ran an article about a conference hosted by the Hackensack University Medical Center (HackensackUMC) on December 2, to correspond with World AIDS Day. With the theme "Getting to Zero," the 15th annual AIDS conference educated high school students from Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic counties on HIV and prevention. A panel of experts discussed measures needed to achieve zero transmission and zero deaths in the future. The panel provided statistics such as: approximately 1.1 million Americans have HIV; New Jersey ranks fifth for state diagnoses rates; 60 percent of people with HIV do not know they have it; and someone is infected with HIV every 9.5 minutes. Gary Munk, PhD, director of clinical virology at HackensackUMC, added zero tolerance for stigma as another goal and noted that ignorance and lack of understanding of HIV prevention help continue the disease's spread.