- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state is gaining ground in its push to end the AIDS epidemic by 2020.

He detailed the state’s latest steps to fight the disease in a speech at the Apollo Theatre on Tuesday, World AIDS Day.

To mark the day, the Democrat ordered the One World Trade Center spire to be lit red Tuesday night.

Cuomo said Monday that the state will increase funding to combat AIDS from $2.5 billion to $2.7 billion.

The state’s goal is to cut the number of new infections to 750 per year by 2020.

Cuomo also announced a milestone in the fight: no reports of infections passed from mother to child in more than a year, the longest period without a case since the epidemic began.

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