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New HIV infections plummet as NYC eyes end to epidemic

Victory is in sight. City officials say they are on the cusp of the once unthinkable — ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic as new medicines and treatment drove down the number of new cases to a 17-year-low in 2018, Health Department stats show. And officials say it’s all thanks to the emergence of a new pill — best known by its shorthand, PrEP — that prevents the spread of the once-fatal virus. It’s the kind of medical advance that Dr. Oni Blackstock only dreamed of when she first began treating HIV/AIDS victims in Harlem in 2005. “It’s a pill a day and many folks able to take that are doing really well,” Blackstock said. “We’re really encouraged and heartened by these declines.’ The city is spending $23 million a year ...