Cuomo plan aims to sharply lower New York HIV rate

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is unveiling a sweeping plan to reduce HIV infections and AIDS rates below epidemic levels in the state.

The New York Times reports Saturday that Cuomo is timing the announcement to coincide with Sunday’s Gay Pride Parade in New York City.

Cuomo wants to increase testing for HIV, while boosting tracking and treatment for people who have the virus. Part of the treatment plan includes getting bulk discounts on HIV drugs.

The newspaper says he’s developed the plan over months of discussions with AIDS activists. It’s also built on changes to the state’s HIV testing laws.

Currently, about 3,000 people are diagnosed with HIV in New York state each year. State officials say Cuomo’s plan could cut that to 750 per year by 2020.

 

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