- Associated Press - Monday, December 1, 2014

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Jay Inslee says he is committed to cutting the number of new HIV diagnoses in Washington state in half by 2020.

Inslee issued an “End AIDS in Washington State” proclamation Monday that directs the state’s HIV Planning Steering Group to lead a task force to put forth recommendations for a statewide plan. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a similar proclamation earlier this year.

More than 19,000 people in the state have been diagnosed with HIV, and more than 6,000 have died, according to the state’s Department of Health.

The number of new cases has dropped from 540 in 2008 to 470 in 2013. Inslee says more must be done to reduce infection rates even more.

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