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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


September 18 | National HIV & Aging


If your over 50 and Living With HIV…  Stop By for a Shop Rite Gift Card
Buddies has assisted thousands of people throughout the years. We choose to thank people who have trusted us with services over the past 35 years with a small token: A $10.00 Shop Rite Gift Card will be available from tomorrow (National HIV & Aging Awareness Day)
up to and including our food distribution day on September 24th/25th at Buddies of NJ, Inc.
You may be asked to re-certify if you have not in the last 6 months.
You qualify if you are a client or former client 5o Years or older.
while cards last
People over 50 in New Jersey
account for more than half of the People Living With HIV/AIDS.
Make an appointment to get a FREE HIV test at Buddies
and/or bring a friend for one this September!
Help End the Epidemic by 2025

GHMC HIV & Aging Awareness Day Webinar:

recording available at!

NJHPG & Rutgers HIV & Aging Webinars:

Sign On Wednesdays in October 1:30 PM to 3PM

HIV Testing & Counseling

Questions: E-mail a TEAM MEMBER at
to schedule a testing appointment

PrEP Services – One Pill A Day to Prevent a Lifetime of HIV

Find out if PrEP is right for you!
Please call 201-489-2900 to schedule an appointment;
you may also e-mail or

Gay Men’s Awareness Day(s) 2020

7th Annual Gay Men’s Awareness Days 2020

We are happy to inform you that the New Jersey HIV Planning Group’s (NJHPG) Gay Men’s Committee presents the

7th Annual Gay Men’sAwareness Day(s)    …themed: “Crusin’ the New Normal”

The Committee will host a virtual program on gay and bisexual men’s health every Wednesday in September.  This year we recognize of National Gay Men’s HIV Awareness Day, with a series of tele-conferences.  Originally created in 2008 to recognize the disproportionate impact of the epidemic on gay men, the NJHPG has created this event to educate the gay community, as well as the providers who work with them, on unique issues and barriers which impact both HIV care and prevention throughout NJ.

Schedule of Events:
September 2 – 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
History Behind National Gay Men’s HIV Awareness Day –11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
How it affects the community and HIV timeline– 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
COVID19 & HIV – 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

September 9 – 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Our New Normal – A continued conversation with Dr. Tony Ortega

September 16 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Chemsex Amongst Gay & Bisexual Men

We hope that you are able to join this event and learn more about how you
can support the gay and bisexual community! As the event gets closer, we
will be providing more details on registration as well as on our guest
Be sure to mark your calendars on Wednesdays in September 2020!
Thanks and we hope to see you there!
Register at: