- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The Latest on AIDS activists rallying at the New York state Capitol (all times local):

8 p.m.

Six AIDS activists have been arrested by state police after refusing to leave the state Capitol in Albany.

They were handcuffed without incident Monday night after officers told them the Capitol was closed for the day.

The arrests came after a rally urging Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH’-moh) and lawmakers to budget $70 million to adequately fund Cuomo’s own plan to end the AIDS epidemic by 2020.

Cuomo says he hopes to reduce new infections to 750 per year by 2020, down from 3,200 cases in 2013. The strategy includes expanded testing and treatment, a focus on drugs that reduce infection risk and housing AIDS patients.

One of those arrested is Reginald Brown. He says Cuomo must follow through on his promise.

Cuomo’s spokeswoman says no one is more committed to ending HIV/AIDS than he is.

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9:25 a.m.

AIDS activists say New York lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo must invest more state funds if they are serious about the state’s goal of ending the epidemic by 2020.

They’re planning a rally Monday in the state Capitol to push for $70 million in funding as Cuomo and legislators negotiate the state budget before a Friday deadline.

The state’s target is to cut the number of new infections to 750 per year by 2020, down from 3,200 cases in 2013.

The strategy includes expanded HIV testing and treatment, a focus on drugs that reduce the risk of infection, and housing and help for those living with the disease.

Longtime AIDS activist Charles King says the plan requires continued state investment if it is to succeed.

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