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Doctor explains why New York is gaining ground in AIDS epidemic

Dr. William Valenti with Trillium Health has devoted his career to HIV and AIDS research.

He says the state’s newly released numbers on new HIV diagnoses are promising.

“We’re really seeing a downward trend in new infections,” said Valenti.

New York says 2,481 new HIV diagnoses were reported in 2018, which is a 11 percent drop since 2017, and 28 percent overall since the state began a new effort to combat the AIDS epidemic in 2014.

“It’s a big step forward because it shows we can do it,” said Valenti.

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