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Cuomo touts AIDS reduction

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Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014 10:30 am

Gov. Cuomo on Sunday announced his three-part plan to “end the AIDS epidemic in New York State,” some of which, he noted, has already been enacted.

The occasion was the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in Manhattan, during which gay men struck back at police oppression of them. It is considered the beginning of the modern gay rights movement, and while AIDS is widespread, it remains most prevalent in that community.

Cuomo said the epidemic will end when the number of new HIV infections, which can lead to AIDS, has dropped below that of of HIV-related deaths, and predicted that by 2020, the number of persons infected in the state will fall for the first time.

Cuomo’s plan, called “Bending the Curve,” involves identifying those with HIV who have not yet been diagnosed; getting healthcare to those who have been diagnosed, including treatments that prevent further transmission; and providing access to pre-exposure prophylaxis, a course of treatment for those who do not have HIV but are at high risk for it, to those persons.

The goal is cut the number of new cases from 3,000 a year to 750 by 2020.

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