- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

HONOLULU (AP) - The University of Hawaii’s medical school has launched an initiative aimed at making Hawaii the first HIV-free state in the U.S.

KHON-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1YGkrPN ) that the John A. Burns School of Medicine announced the “Hawaii 2 Zero” initiative Tuesday. Experts in HIV research and community leaders are expected to gather Saturday for a conference on the new project.

The initiative is being led by The Hawaii Center for AIDS, an academic program focused on HIV education, research and service.

Roughly 2,900 people are living with the virus in Hawaii.

The center’s director, Dr. Cecilia Shikuma, says the state has a good amount of support that can help make Hawaii a likely place to become HIV-free.


Information from: KHON-TV, https://khon.com

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