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New York City officials say a major target has been reached in the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
The goal, expected to be met in 2020, was 90-90-90, meaning the city wanted at least 90 percent of people with HIV to know their status, to be on treatment and to have suppressed viral loads with treatment.
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On Monday, officials announced those numbers had been surpassed in 2018 with 93 percent of people knowing their HIV status, 90 percent of people on treatment and 92 percent of people with suppressed viral loads.
It comes on the heels of news that the number of new HIV diagnoses in New York City dropped below 2,000 for the first time since records began in 2001.
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'Years of hard work and determination has put New York front and center in the global fight against HIV/AIDS,' Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement.
'With more New Yorkers receiving treatment than ever, the day of zero diagnoses is closer than ever - something many believed unthinkable not so long ago. We will not rest until we end the epidemic once and for all.'
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Earlier this month, figures were released that revealed 1,917 New Yorkers were diagnosed with HIV last year, down from 2,157 the year before, and from 4,846 in 2001.
While rates have been steadily dropping for years, the new figures showed a promising drop in rates among women, which have not been falling as quickly.
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Health Commissioner Dr Oxiris Barbot said the record is a testament to the city's campaigns that have sought to educate New Yorkers about ways to have safer sex, rather than demonizing sex.
'We take a data-driven, sex-positive approach to HIV prevention that is firmly grounded in equity - and we are proving that it works,' Barbot said in a statement.
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