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Transgender Days of Learning: August 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th

Buddies of NJ, Inc. is proud to invite you to the NJ-HPG’s

1:30 to 3PM Sign On Link for Anyone of Interest:

Transgender Days of Learning

Transgender Days of Learning event begins in August of this year. Hosted by Christian Mendez-Baez of EDGE New Jersey and Domonique Noel of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, this event will feature a virtual program on transgender health every Wednesday from 1:30 to 3:00 pm from Wednesday, August 5, 2020 to Wednesday, August 26, 2020. The speakers and co-facilitators will talk about HIV in the transgender community, trans and gender nonconforming (TGNC) terminology, social issues affecting the TGNC community, and cancer disparities and prevention in the trans community. There will also be a transgender issues panel on the last Wednesday of this event, during which panelists will discuss their experiences navigating healthcare, HIV prevention, finding support during COVID. This will be followed by a mental health discussion led by Johann Larkin, behavioral health counselor at EDGE New Jersey.

We are also hosting a July and August HIV Education series on designated Wednesdays from 11 am to 12:30 pm.  This event will focus on the impact of biomedical technology on HIV prevention in people at high risk for HIV and in people living with HIV and AIDS. The topics covered will include HIV prevention drugs (iePre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)), HIV vaccines, and the Undetectable equals Untransmittable (U=U) campaign. There will also be two additional August webinars on Transgender Allyship, Advocacy and Action.

Wednesday, July 29th—Quincy Bell, Rutgers HIV Prevention CPSDI

   U=U through the Lens of Prevention (11:00 am to 12:30 pm)

Wednesday, August 5th—Quincy Bell, Rutgers HIV Prevention CPSDI

   U=U through the Lens of Treatment and Care (11:00 am to 12:30 pm)

Wednesday, August 5th…Alison G. Modica, Gilead Sciences & Anastasia Willis, Hyacinth AIDS Foundation

    HIV in the Transgender Community (1:30 pm to 3:00 pm)

 Wednesday, August 12…Bianca Mayes, Garden State Equality & Khloyei Galloway

   Understanding the Experiences of the Trans and Gender Nonconforming Community (1:30 pm to 3:00 pm)

Wednesday, August 19…Domonique Noel, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

   Trans Health and Cancer Disparities (1:30 pm to 3:00 pm)

Wednesday, August 26th…Transgender Issues Panel (1:30 pm to 3:00 pm)

    Will include a mental health discussion Johann Larkin of EDGE New Jersey

We hope that you are able to join us for these events and learn more about how you can support the TGNC community and help prevent HIV!  If you are interested in these events, please see the attached flyers in JPEG and PDF versions. We have now updated the Transgender Day of Learning flyer. Be sure to share on social media using the hashtag #NJTransdaysoflearning and please tag Garden State Equality.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars on Wednesdays in July and August 2020. Thanks and we hope to see you there!

CLOSED: State of Emergency

Buddies of NJ is cooperation with NJ State & Local Authorities has closed the office today, August 4th.   You may leave email or phone messages; please do not expect a return until the next full day of business.  If you have a physical or health emergency… please call 911 and ask for assistance.


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STAY EDUCATED – with Rutger’s Podcast Recordings

Health Literacy and Prevention Topics

U=U Live Events July 29th and August 25th:

11AM to 12:30PM

Quincy Bell’s Personal Room

Webinars, Podcasts, and Related Materials
Webinar Recordings
Our New Normal: Coping with COVID-19, Special Guest, Dr. Tony Ortega, Psy. D.

Improving Health Literacy – Part 1

Improving Health Literacy – Part 2

Improving Health Literacy – Part 3

Improving Health Literacy – Part 4

Improving Health Literacy – Part 5

Improving Health Literacy – Part 6

Let’s Talk About Risk – Part 1

Let’s Talk About Risk – Part 2

Let’s Talk About Risk – Part 3

Exploring Biomedical Strategies for HIV Prevention – Part 1 Let’s Talk About PrEP

Podcasts from the California STD/HIV Prevention Training Center
The New Jersey AIDS Drug Distribution Program (ADDP) and Health Insurance Continuation Program (HICP)
Related Materials
National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors: Reaching Them Where They Are. A Guide for Using Online and Social Media to Conduct Sexual Health Outreach with Youth (PDF)
CDC Social Media Tools, Guidelines & Best Practices

Training + JOB… Act Now

Welding Pre-Apprentice Training

This is your opportunity for a new job/career.  Get paid to train as well.

Heating the surfaces of your hidden skills to the point of melting using a blowtorch of knowledge and experience.  Will mold you into a new woman/man and can solidify your future.

Link to your future:

TONIGHT: Considerations for the Older Patient Population Living with HIV

YOU are invited to a scheduled Zoom meeting tonight at 7PM

Topic: SELF Support Group 7PM – stay out of the heat and in the a.c.

Buddies of NJ:  patient virtual program

View on Google Calendar

When Mon Jul 20, 2020 7pm – 8:30pm (EDT)
Where ZOOM;
Who Valentin, Michael [TTTUS]*

TONIGHT we will be using the generated meeting code from: Janssen

Meeting ID 972 4733 1770 / Password 307374

TOPIC:  Considerations for the Older Patient Population Living with HIV  

                       Tentative Topics
       X   Jul 6, 2020 07:00 PM  –  RAP discussion – Let’s hear about y’all.   
       X  Jul 13, 2020 07:00 PM –  Show & Tell (Each Participant is invited (not required) to prepare something

                                                  which may be shared in less than   5 minutes + discussion

                                                     share anything that helps improve the life you live… from poetry, to science, building, art, medical WHATEVER…

                                                       Show & Tel in adult style and fashion…

     Jul 20, 2020 07:00 PM – Janssen Presentation Discussion – Michael Valentin
Jul 27, 2020 07:00 PM –  Is there a Gay Normal?

June 27th FOOD DISTRIBUTION 3 / Distribucion de la Comida 3

On Saturday – June 27, 2020  Buddies of NJ, Inc. will be distributing food to the first 500 families from 10am to 12:30pm,

REQUIREMENTS: Valid State ID or Drivers Licence


El sábado 13 de junio de 2020, Buddies of NJ, Inc. distribuirá alimentos a las primeras 500 familias de 10 a.m. a 12:30 p.m.,

REQUISITOS: Identificación válida del estado o licencia de conducir


June 27th National HIV Testing Day


National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) was first observed on June 27, 1995. NHTD is a day to encourage people to get tested for HIV, know their status, and get linked to care and treatment.

THIS YEAR Buddies of NJ, Inc. will be testing literally in our own back yard: 149 Hudson Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601

10am to 12:30pm on, Saturday June 27, 2020.

No appointments necessary… but you may contact us in advance by E-mailing a TEAM MEMBER at