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Cuomo unveils $10M plan to cut down on AIDS cases by 2020

Gov. Cuomo said that New York will end its AIDS epidemic by 2020, vowing to add the virus to the list of largely vanquished killers such as polio and smallpox.Seth Wenig/AP

Gov. Cuomo said that New York will end its AIDS epidemic by 2020, vowing to add the virus to the list of largely vanquished killers such as polio and smallpox.

Gov. Cuomo unveiled a plan Wednesday to dramatically cut down on the number of new AIDS cases by 2020.

The goal is to reduce the number of new HIV cases to 750 a year, down from the current 3,000.

“We must add AIDS to the list of diseases conquered by our society, and today we are saying we can, we must and we will end this epidemic,” Cuomo said.

Developed by a task force he created several months ago, the plan seeks to find patients who are undiagnosed and get them health care. It also aims to double the number of people who receive anti-HIV therapy to keep them from spreading the disease.

Supporters chant and hold signs before Cuomo's announcement on Wednesday.Seth Wenig/AP

Supporters chant and hold signs before Cuomo’s announcement on Wednesday.

The new state budget includes $ 10 million to support Cuomo’s initiative.

“Today marks the beginning of what could be one of the last chapters in the fight to end HIV and AIDS,” said Kelsey Louie, head of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis.

Lifestyle – NY Daily News

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