- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Allegheny County health officials are collaborating with Pittsburgh’s two largest health systems in a five-year campaign to stop new AIDS cases in the area by 2020.

The campaign, called AIDS Free Pittsburgh, aims to reduce HIV infection rates across the county and improve health care for those already infected.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1RjAmlc ) Allegheny Health Network and UPMC plan to work with the county, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, the University of Pittsburgh and other local groups.

County health director Karen Hacker says the county sees about 130 new HIV infections each year. The campaign’s strategies include improving screening rates for HIV and AIDS and increasing awareness of preventative treatments.

University of Pittsburgh professor Sharon Hillier says the two health systems pledged $250,000 for the first year.


Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, https://www.post-gazette.com

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