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More than 60 people gathered today in the heart of Downtown Syracuse to discuss the updates to Governor Cuomo’s “Ending The Epidemic” Blueprint. The plan outlines the essential steps that need to be taken in order to end AIDS by 2020. Among those in attendance was Mayor Stephanie Miner who committed to convening a regional task force to combat the epidemic.

CNY HIV Care Network Chair John Wikiera says that with advancements in medicine and accessibility, the idea of stopping new infections in five years isn’t unimaginable.

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Healthcare representatives and concerned members of the Syracuse and Onondaga County community joined a webcast today from New York City called State of HIV in Black America… the Intersection of Health, Education and Community in the Fight to END Aids.  Sometimes adults who grew up around substance abuse often become drug users themselves. That’s according to V-P of Aids United, Dr. Vignetta Charles.  She explains that makes getting a place to live and staying clean difficult.

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Monday was World Aids Day, a nation-wide effort to re-ignite awareness of a dangerous disease that's claimed 35 million lives since 1983.  Health experts here in Central New York are still working with patients to fight the pandemic. According to Doctor Elizabeth Reddy, Medical Director for the Designated Aids Center Clinic at Upstate University Hospital, “the general public has this idea that HIV is a thing of the past, or perhaps it’s just something that’s going on abroad and it’s not in my community.” 

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Central New York health agencies are praising Governor Cuomo’s efforts to put an end to the AIDS epidemic in New York State. Governor Cuomo announced his plan on Sunday, the same day as New York City’s PRIDE Parade. Cuomo’s goal is to reduce the number of HIV infections to 750 cases a year by the year 2020.