AIDS Program

Message from the Director

Despite major strides, HIV/AIDS remains a major health problem in the United States. The Robert Wood Johnson AIDS Program has been at the forefront of the battle against AIDS since the first cases of AIDS were described in New Jersey. Responding to the evolving epidemic, the program's focus has shifted from a primarily pediatric one to a much broader family centered one. To this end a robust, comprehensive, multidisciplinary Woman's HIV Care Program has been established in collaboration with the Rutgers-RWJMS's Division of Adult Infectious Disease. Over the past two years, the program has also developed a collaboration with state funded Counseling and Testing Sites to provide Rapid HIV Testing to youth and women presenting in high risk medical settings as well as in community settings. Responding to the global HIV epidemic, many program members have served in clinics outside the United States to provide both service and much needed training of medical care providers. Our goal is to expand our HIV/AIDS international activities in the ensuing months and years. We strive as a program to continually remain at the forefront of this epidemic responding to the emerging needs of the patient, thus maintaining our prominence as a well respected and comprehensive HIV care and treatment center and as a resource for the State of New Jersey.

Our strength as a program has been foremost the dedication of each and every member of our care team, who have made invaluable contributions to improve the lives of our patients. Most importantly, we are grateful to our patients who have faced and overcome many adversities and who have allowed us to serve them and become an ever so small part of their lives as they deal with the challenges of living with HIV/AIDS.

Mission Statement

The Robert Wood Johnson AIDS Program (RWJAP) is committed to providing comprehensive, multidisciplinary care to children, adolescents, women and families, infected and affected by HIV, in a family centered environment with respect, compassion and the highest standards of excellence. RWJAP is dedicated to advancing the field of HV care and prevention through patient services, research, education and advocacy, and remains actively involved in the development of health care policies affecting children and families living with HIV.

The Robert Wood Johnson AIDS Program (RWJAP)

  • is a joint program of the Rutgers, The State University and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
  • is a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Health network serving New Jersey and surrounding areas.
  • is a Regional HIV treatment center designated by the New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services, Special Child Health Services.
  • is one of seven sites in the Title IV Family Centered HIV Care Network , which has been successful in reducing the perinatal transmission rate to less than 2% statewide.
  • works in collaboration with the Middlesex County Department of Human Services, the Division of Youth & Family Services, and Central New Jersey health care providers to provide care and treatment to HIV infected and affected families.

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