rutgers medical schoolNewark, NJ – Telling your loved ones you are HIV+ (positive) is a difficult step in living with HIV.  Whether to tell certain family members, friends or others in your life is a personal decision, however you have an obligation to make sure certain people know.

Who should know you are HIV-positive?

  • Partners need to know that they are at risk
    • Your spouse and/or current sexual partner(s)
    • Past sexual partners
    • Anyone you’ve shared a needle or other drug injecting equipment with
    • Future sexual partners – it may be considered a crime not to do so
  • Healthcare providers including dentists

It’s important to start the notification process soon after being diagnosed. The following are options available for notifying partners

  • If you are comfortable enough, you can tell them yourself.
  • Ask your healthcare professional to notify your partner. 
  • New Jersey has a partner notification program (Partner Services). If needed, call 1-877-356-8312.

When you’re comfortable with who you’ve told, you can feel better about living with HIV. If you do not know your HIV status, don’t wait to get tested. Anyone at any age is at risk for contracting HIV. Early detection and huge strides in medical treatment make it possible for HIV-positive individuals to enjoy long, healthy lives. Getting tested helps identify those infected with HIV and gets them into treatment; helping to prevent the further spread of HIV.

If you are looking to find a free, state-funded testing site near you for initial testing, follow-up care or have questions about HIV/AIDS, STDs, or hepatitis, contact us (The New Jersey AIDS/HIV/STD Hotline) either by calling 800-624-2377, text/email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or chat via our site at We are always here to help 24hours a day/ 7 days a week! Calls are free and confidential. 

Services available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year

  • Referrals for testing sites and other related services
  • HIV/AIDS, STD and Hepatitis Prevention Information  
  • HIV Counseling and Treatment Locations
  • HIV Treatment Information