- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state is putting its plan to end the AIDS epidemic by 2020 into action.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says members of his administration will meet Wednesday to discuss the state’s plan for reducing new HIV infections to 750 per year by 2020, compared to the 3,200 cases identified in 2013.

The state’s strategy includes stepped up HIV testing and treatment and a focus on the use of pre-exposure drugs that can help high-risk individuals avoid infection. The plan is the work of a task force convened by Cuomo that included health experts, community leaders and AIDS activists.

Cuomo says Wednesday’s meeting is a major step toward implementing the plan and making the AIDS epidemic a “relic of the past.”


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