Cuomo: NY making progress on AIDS plan

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s governor says the state is well on its way to ending its AIDS epidemic.

Andrew Cuomo delivered the update on the state’s plan to fight AIDS on Monday, World AIDS Day.

The state wants to reduce new HIV infections to 750 per year by 2020, down from an estimated 3,000 HIV cases expected this year.

The epidemic will be considered over when the number of cases diagnosed annually falls below the number of AIDS deaths.

The state hopes to get there by focusing on at-risk groups and expanding access to testing and treatment.

New HIV cases in New York have dropped nearly 40 percent in the last decade.

Cuomo says a task force directing the plan expects to submit its final recommendations in January.

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