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AIDS Activists: NY Plan To End Epidemic Needs Funding

Written by Agenda Florida

ALBANY, NY (AP) – 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.