Our mission at Hyacinth is to help people live with HIV, stop the spread of the epidemic, and serve as a critical voice in the public debate surrounding AIDS in New Jersey.
Our History and Vision
Hyacinth was incorporated in 1985 in response to New Jersey’s AIDS epidemic. At the dawn of the epidemic, Hyacinth’s initial programs included a hotline, a buddy program, and support groups to help people with AIDS as they prepared to die, their caregivers as they tried to cope, and those left behind with their grief.
As the United States and the world learned and continues to learn more about HIV and AIDS, Hyacinth has led New Jersey’s response to the epidemic. For 35 years, we have been an integral community partner to the development and implementation of public health policies and services. We have worked to ensure that all New Jerseyans have access to anonymous and confidential testing, that those at risk for HIV have access to information and programs to protect themselves from infection, and that those living with HIV/AIDS have access to the best possible medical care and treatment.
Today, we provide client services in 7 offices in 6 metropolitan areas of New Jersey, as well as several statewide services.