New statistics show drop in HIV numbers in New York State
New York's Campaign to End the AIDS Epidemic by 2020 appears to be working.
On Tuesday, officials from ACR Health announced the latest statistics on HIV/AIDS. From 2014 to 2015, the number of new HIV infections diagnosed in men who have sex with men has decreased by 10 percent. Officials say this demographic is the most severely affected by HIV.
"It's the first time in over a decade we've seen any kind of decrease in that category. That category has always been the highest measured, always had the most incidents with HIV, the most challenging to reach," said Wil Murtaugh, executive director of ACR Health.
ACR Health has expanded its HIV services over the years, now offering eight programs that provide testing. Officials say it's critical to know your status and take precautions to help stop the spread of this disease.