BALTIMORE,Md — A new national initiative has a goal of reducing new HIV infections by 75 percent in five years and by 90 percent in 10 years.
It is call the HIV Epidemic: A Plan For America. Robert Redfield, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention went over the initiative in Baltimore on Wednesday.
They plan is to direct the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's resources to the 48 highest burden counties, Washington D.C., Juan Puerto Rico, and seven states with a high rural HIV rate.
"This is a historic opportunity for us once and for all now to put an end to the HIV epidemic," said Redfield, "working together with local jurisdictions and and developing local plans for the initiative by the community, for the community, in the community."
Maryland has three of the highest burden counties. They are Baltimore City, Montgomery County and Prince George's County.