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New plan calls for reduction to HIV numbers

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In an effort to reduce the rates of HIV and AIDS, the White House recently announced a new strategy for dealing with the problem, which involves more funding for STD testing.

The report suggests that increasing the availability of HIV testing and treatments would help lower the number of people living with the disease as well as prevent future transmissions, according to the Associated Press.

"Fighting HIV/AIDS in America and around the world will require more than just fighting the virus," President Barack Obama told the news source. "It will require a broader effort to make life more just and equitable."

The new plan sets goals of reducing the number of new infections by 25 percent over the next five years, and calls for 85 percent of those who receive a positive HIV test within the first three months of their infection.

More than 50,000 people are infected with HIV each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While that number has not risen over the past decade, the new plan seeks to reduce it by at least 12,000 by 2015.

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