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Monkeypox Vaccination Available

Monkeypox cases have nearly doubled in New Jersey in the last week from 45 to 89, according to the latest state Department of Health report. READ MORE


Monkeypox spreads through close intimate contact and/or high concentration of respiratory droplets. Skin to skin contact, as well as skin to clothing surfaces that have it on it, is a way for transmission.

BERGEN New Bridge Medical Center

… is providing vaccinations tomorrow from 7am to 10am by appointment.

Full Vaccination is 2 shots / 4 weeks apart.


Here is the link to schedule an appointment:


If you are at risk, the vaccination could save you a lot of problems.

Newsweek reports on long-lasting scarring.



NJ Monkeypox Information

NJ is up to 8 cases of Monkeypox.  It is nothing to fear if you stay educated and use preventative measures… and just as if you were exposed to HIV, you can go for immediate treatment which may stop the virus in its tracks.

Vaccine Information

Vaccine is currently being administered only to people known to have had close contact with someone infected with monkeypox. If you think you have been exposed, discuss this with your health care provider and local health department right away. Vaccine access will likely be expanded in the future. Check with your local health department or visit this page for updates on vaccination.




MATT FORD had monkeypox:

POZ MAGAZINE (Excellent Article):




What is PEP? Is it different than PrEP?

Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)

Photo of a patient examining medication with doctor

PEP is the use of antiretroviral drugs after a single high-risk event to stop HIV seroconversion. PEP must be started as soon as possible to be effective—and always within 72 hours of a possible exposure.

Resources for Consumers

Basic PEP Q&As – learn the basics about PEP and if it’s right for you.

PEP 101 Consumer Info Sheet (English and Spanish) pdf icon[PDF – 706 KB]



What is the difference between PrEP and PEP?

Pre-exposure prophylaxis is also known as PrEP. It is an HIV prevention medication in which HIV-negative people take an oral pill once a day before coming into contact with HIV. This helps to reduce their risk of HIV infection. The drug must be taken for at least 7 days to reach optimal levels of protection against HIV.

This contrasts post-exposure prophylaxis also known as PEP. PEP is an HIV prevention strategy in which HIV-negative people take anti-HIV medications after coming into contact with HIV to reduce their risk of HIV infection. PEP must be started within 72 hours after HIV exposure.

To learn more about PrEP, check out:

To learn more about PEP, check out these sites:

Family Pride at B.C. ZOO

Pride at the Zoo (Bergen County Zoo)

Saturday, July 9, 2022
11:30 AM – 5:00 PM


Pride at the Zoo (Bergen County Zoo)

Celebrating our LGBTQ+ Community with a fun-filled day for the family! Come enjoy the music, food trucks, and activities!




Pride Celebrations


Fair Lawn Pride Flag Raising
Thursday – June 2nd
Jersey Pride: Asbury Park
Sunday – June 5th
Out Montclair PRIDE 2022: Montclair
Saturday – June 11th
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church: Ridgefield
Sunday – June 11th
Mahwah Pride: Asbury Park
Sunday – June 12th
New Bridge Medical Center, Paramus
Monday – June 13th 6pm
Jersey City Pride: Jersey City
Saturday – August 27th
Fair Lawn Pride Block Party
Sunday – June 26th – 3pm to 7pm
NYC Pride: New York, NY
Sunday – June 26th – 12 Noon

Buddies has alot to be proud of…

Buddies of New Jersey hosted Bergen/Passaic’s location of the NJAW: Ending Epidemics Together Walk raising over 50G locally and nearly 300 statewide to address issues of hunger, poverty, homelessness, addiction, mental health and more. These issues contribute to the spread of HIV and cause negative health outcomes to underserved communities.

Buddies of New Jersey has a lot to be proud of this upcoming June for pride month!

Tons of organization and care went into the planning of this reinvigorated day.  Our sponsors, the volunteers from the community as well as staff members show the depth of commitment we have to stopping HIV and caring for one another.

Do your part in stopping the spread of HIV by testing regularly and encouraging others to do the same. Let others know about PrEP.  And most importantly care for one another as if they were in your own family!



4/18 National Transgender Day of HIV Testing

Come get tested and keep your community well and in the know!

Call 201-489-2900 for more information…

TLC Fundraiser April 22

TLC Trivia Lounge Comedy at Fischer’s Café Fair

BYOB Lounge & Party to Raise Funds for NJAW’s Ending Epidemics Together Walk

About this event

Strut your best after sundown styles into Fair Lawn, NJ’s go to café when you want to unwind and grab a few laughs with friends.

$10. Must be prepaid online / or at the DOOR with RSVP on this site.

Money raised goes directly to the NJAW for services at NJB.

– Music Lounge & Café opens at 7PM

– Special Food Menu ($15. Minimum)

– Drinks Non-Alcoholic Mixes Available / ALCOHOL is BYOB and to be checked for dispensing.

– Trivia w. prizes

– Special 50/50

– Comedy Show at 10pm followed by

DJ and dance….