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Morristown Planned Parenthood Among AIDS/HIV Funding Beneficiaries

Gov. Chris Christie announced $19.5 million increase in treatment funds Tuesday.

Planned Parenthood's Morris County location in Morristown will receive over $150,000 in state funding, as part of a $19.5 million package the governor announced at a press conference in New Brunswick Tuesday.

Chris Christie and Health Commissioner Mary O'Dowd held a press conference Oct. 23 at the Hyacinth AIDS Foundation, which is receiving the largest amount of funding, over $2.1 million. In total, the package will benefit 54 HIV/AIDS treatment organizations in New Jersey.

According to a press release from the governor's office, $11.2 million will be used specifically for HIV counseling, testing and education, while the other $8.3 million is slated for medical care and social services.

O'Dowd said the funding follows an additional $8 million in federal funding that was made available earlier this year to New Jersey for AIDS and HIV treatment.

More than 36,000 New Jersey residents liver with HIV/AIDS, O'Dowd said.

Of those people living with HIV/AIDS, 7,000 of those low-income residents receive medications through a state drug distribution program, she said.

During the press conference, Christie stressed that progress in treatment and support of people living with HIV/AIDS has turned it from a death sentence to a "chronic disease."

However, the stigma of an HIV/AIDS diagnosis still persists, which deters people from being tested, he said.

"It only becomes that (a chronic disease) if you're treating it," he said.

140 HIV/AIDS testing centers exist in New Jersey, Christie said.

Christie said the decision to make the money available is "in concert" with other public health initiatives of his administration, including treatment instead of jail time for first-time non-violent drug offenders, a $3.5 million increase in funding for cancer screenings and a $1 billion influx of funding for hospitals throughout the state. 

Click here for the complete list of beneficiaries.

clyde donovan October 23, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Christie should unfund the abortionists at Planned Parenthood. This funding proves Christie is a Democrat.
Jersey October 24, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Article: "$11.2 million will be used specifically for HIV counseling, testing and education, while the other $8.3 million is slated for medical care and social services." Good for Christie. A Republican who is not owned by the religious right - what a concept. He might actually have a brain rather than being just another drone after all - I've heard of these, but I didn't really believe it was possible in today's political climate. Huh.
Robert Lawrence October 24, 2012 at 10:33 AM
Governor Chris Christie, I am a 4 of 4 voting Republican who will NOT be voting for you in November 2013, and I look forward to speaking with my family and friends about why they similarly should withhold their votes from a "Governor" who funds Planned Parenthood with our tax dollars.
6776mt October 24, 2012 at 12:03 PM
I agree with you...but what is the other option? If we do not put money into planned parenthood for education...contraception...HIV treatment...or even abortion..what would be worse for us as tax payers? Paying for hospital bills..paying for medical for the pregnant mother...paying for future expenses for the child, medical, food, etc....? I'm responding to the "tax dollar" issue.
Hookerman October 24, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Only 3 % of Planned Parenthood's funds goes towards abortion, while 35 % goes towards providing contraceptives... contraceptives that will prevent the same unwanted pregnancies that may lead to abortions. So why exactly are those opposed to abortion also opposed to funding Planned Parenthood???
Nancy Bodnar October 24, 2012 at 12:54 PM
I have to agree with funding for education that will most likely prevent unwanted pregnancies and/or aids/HIV, std's.
Anna Lisa October 24, 2012 at 01:29 PM
There are many people who believe that contraceptives are abortion-causing agents. I believe the term is abortifacient. I am not a fan of abortion--I think it's awful and scary and a horror show--but I am a fan of contraceptives, including emergency contraception. I think it's a shame that the fight against abortion also seems to include a fight against birth control.
Anna Lisa October 24, 2012 at 01:30 PM
I am with you 100%.
Jersey October 25, 2012 at 01:06 AM
It's estimated that PP's contraceptive services avert over 580,000 unwanted pregnancies per year. If you are anti-abortion, you should absolutely support PP. they are the largest provider of contraceptive services in the nation.
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