Twist and Shout

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Trenton News update: National HIV Testing Day -- the stats


TRENTON -- Cookie Hernandez mesmerized the four dozen or so men and women of all colors and persuasions with "My Story" of contracting AIDS from her dead husband yet staying alive for 24 years. Before her 30-minute speech she chatted with a Trenton News reporter about her job working with Jersey prisoners who have HIV or AIDS and her role in getting them ready for re-entry into society. The reporter asked Cookie if she thinks that infected prisoners who are so angry by being locked up would go back into society and purposely infect others. Cookie saved her answer for "My Story".

Jersey's HIV/AIDS statistics (http://www.state.nj.us/) are staggering, especially here in Mercer County (we'll break down Trenton's numbers afterward). As of December 31, 2010, there were:

* 503 men's HIV (not AIDS) cases with 91 deaths
* 1,203 men's AIDS cases with 756 deaths
* 292 women's HIV cases with 39 deaths
* 521 women's AIDS cases with 277 deaths
* 20 cases (both genders) occured in those 13 years old or younger
* 137 cases occured between 13 and 24
* 488 cases occured between 25 and 34
* 622 cases occured between 35 and 44
* 310 cases occured between 45 and 54
* 129 cases occured over the age of 55
* 230 Latinos have HIV or AIDS
* 1,064 black men and 628 black women have HIV or AIDS
* 399 white men and 104 white women have HIV or AIDS
* 566 cases emerged from male-to-male sex
* 508 cases emerged from injection drug use
* 84 cases emerged from male-to-male sex and injection drug use
* 409 cases emerged from heterosexual intercourse
* 139 cases emerged from those unwilling to state their risk

Before 1990, 222 of 242 reported AIDS patients died (92%). In '90, 86 of 95 AIDS patients died, and these are the following years: 1991 (115-82), 1992 (229-158), 1993 (150-113), 1994 (189-107), 1995 (180-88), 1996 (141-64), 1997 (101-39), 1998 (101-40, first increase), 1999 (100-30, 10% decrease), 2000 (95-21), 2001 (90-24), 2002 (84-24), 2003 (76-14), 2004 (94-15), 2005 (72-8), 2006 (72-8), 2007 (61-8, 2% increase), 2008 (65-5), 2009 (62-unknown), 2010 (63-unknown).

Here are Trenton's HIV/AIDS statistics:

* 403 men's HIV (non-AIDS) cases and 77 deaths
* 985 men's AIDS cases and 623 deaths
* 249 women's HIV (non-AIDS) cases and 38 deaths
* 463 AIDS cases and 252 deaths
* 16 cases emerged in those 13 years old or younger
* 101 cases emerged between 13 and 24
* 389 cases emerged between 25 and 34
* 512 cases emerged between 35 and 44
* 259 cases emerged between 45 and 54
* 105 cases emerged in those 55 or older
* 248 cases (186M, 62W) were reported in the Latino community
* 1,526 cases (960-566) were reported in the black community
* 314 cases (234-80) were reported in the white community