news and events

Wednesdays – Hot Food Distribution

5:30 to 7PM |Wednesday Evenings through May…

Buddies of NJ in conjunction with Healthbarn Foundation…

will be distributing Hot Meals prepared by area restaurants

(right now 50 meals are allotted and we are hoping to have more on future dates)

TONIGHT: HPV, Cancer, HIV… any Links

Tonight’s Sign On Link:

Link to PDF:


Jan | 06 | 2020 – 35th Anniversary Gala

35, An Anniversary Too Good to Miss


You’re invited to join us to experience a little of what we’ve been to people in North Jersey over the last 35 Years.  We want  you to enjoy a presentation of videos, Buddy Grams, Inspirational Entertainment, humor, art auction and more…      this is not just a time to celebrate but to also recall why we are here in the first place: to End the HIV Epidemics for all.

Through our 35 Years we have lead by reducing the percentage of PLWA’s (People Living With AIDS) to very low percentages.  We have used testing to identify those who had  unknown status and linked them to care (most times) within 24 hours.  We have used TAsP (Treatment As Prvention) to gain individual undetectable levels and a lowered community viral load.

Peer Support, Food Pantry & Community Food Distribution, Mental Wellness, Substance Use Treatment, Education, PrEP PEP, TAsP and more are Evidence Based and Biomedical Interventions, Services,  and Resources that will help us END AIDS, STOP HIV, and continue to conquer the epidemics of poverty, hunger, homelessness, addiction, racism, homophobia and all that deteriorates community wellness and better health outcomes.

Your continued care and support are a vital means to the END.  Come know us better and think about ways you may contribute to more successful years to come.

About this Event

Join us for a virtual celebration of on JANUARY 6th

of 35 Years of Compassionate Service to People

in Bergen & Passaic Counties Living with HIV/AIDS

& Achieving Better Health Outcomes for the Entire Community


by Mon. January 4th

Dec. 1st | World AIDS DAY 2020

Buddies of NJ, Inc. invites you to be with us at New Bridge Medical Center and remembering those who have gone ahead of us and those who still fighting HIV/AIDS. The martyrs, the unfortunate, the champions and more… we will remember and hopefully honor each one as we fight to defeat stigma and champion love until HIV is gone.

Brief Thoughts, Music, Poetry, Prayer and Extemporaneous Expressions to Remember those We Lost and Celebrate those we still have…

Name of those we lost this year will read aloud and memorialized on W.A.D. Cards

Light Snacks & Water Provided by: Walgreens and Bergen New Bridge Medical Center



Buddies of NJ, Inc. lo invita a estar con nosotros en New Bridge Medical Center y recordar a aquellos que nos han precedido y a aquellos que todavía luchan contra el VIH / SIDA. Los mártires, los desafortunados, los campeones y más … recordaremos y, con suerte, honraremos a cada uno mientras luchamos para derrotar el estigma y defender el amor hasta que el VIH desaparezca.

Pensamientos breves, música, poesía, oración y extemporáneo E

Expresiones para recordar a los que perdimos y celebrar los que todavía tenemos …

El nombre de los que perdimos este año se leerá en voz alta y se recordará en W.A.D. Tarjetas

Aperitivos ligeros y agua proporcionados por:  Walgreens y Centro médico de Bergen New Bridge

New LGBTQ+ Health & Wellness Center

Buddies of New Jersey was proud to join BERGEN NEW BRIDGE MEDICAL CENTER
for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony bringing long awaited competent care to LGBTQ+ People

HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day(s) of Education

NJHPG & Rutger’s Presents:

Americans aged 50 and older have many of the same HIV risk factors as younger Americans. Educate yourself. Get tested for HIV.

HIV and Aging Webinars

Schedule of Events:

October 7 – 1:30p – 3p
Living Well with HIV as you Age and Co-morbidities – Alison Modica, Executive Community Liaison, Gilead Sciences

October 14– 1:30p – 3p
AIDS Survivor Syndrome: The Role of Resilience in Older HIV+ Gay Men – Kristin Krause, Deputy Director, Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies (CHIBPS), Rutgers School of Public Health

October 21 – 1:30p – 3p
HIV & COVID – Alison Modica, Executive Community Liaison, Gilead Sciences

October 28 – 1:30p – 3p
Panel Discussion

No registration required. Sign on to the webinar with the info below:
USA Toll          +1-650-429-3300
Access code    630 469 337 #

Can you get COVID-19 and the flu at the same time?


GET YOUR FREE FLU SHOT this Saturday, October 10th at our next FOOD DISTRIBUTION DAY



It is possible have flu, as well as other respiratory illnesses, and COVID-19 at the same time. Health experts are still studying how common this can be.  Some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, making it hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. Diagnostic testing can help determine if you are sick with flu or COVID-19.  more info at CDC

Doctors report that this is “one of the worse flu seasons in their careers… and it’s no joke!”

GO TO YOUR DOCTOR if you show any signs of coughing, fever, chills or muscle aches.  It may seem like nothing, yet there are many healthy people who this years flu has brought to their knees and even some to their deaths.  Take  care of yourself by eating healthy, sleeping well, washing hands constantly, and do not pretend to be immune to the cougher sitting next to you… walk away.

It is important to STILL get the flu shot if you do not, or have not had the influenza virus; it will prevent a hard onset of a flu virus.  The flu antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine. … Traditional flu vaccines (called “trivalent” vaccines) are made to protect against three flu viruses; an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and aninfluenza B virus. FIND OUT MORE AT

Oct. 10th FOOD DISTRIBUTION 5 / Distribucion de la Comida 5

On Satuday, October 10, 2020  Buddies of NJ, Inc. will be distributing food to the first 300 families from 12pm to 4pm,

REQUIREMENTS: Valid State ID or Drivers License


El sabado el 10 de octubre de 2020, Buddies of NJ, Inc. distribuirá alimentos a las primeras 300 familias de 12 p.m. a 4 p.m.,

REQUISITOS: Identificación válida del estado o licencia de conducir