Baltimore HIV Initiative to Cut Infections 25 Percent by 2015

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"The strategy that Baltimore has developed is in line with the president's HIV/AIDS plan and incorporates the latest scientific evidence," said Thomas Coates, the Michael and Sue Steinberg professor of global AIDS research at UCLA. "Baltimore should make maximal use of resources of Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland Medical Center and those resources already available in Baltimore. This could be an important breakthrough for a city hard hit by the AIDS pandemic."

In July, the Obama administration released a national HIV/AIDS strategy, which also seeks to reduce HIV/AIDS by 25 percent within five years. The initiative also plans to increase access to care and concentrate HIV/AIDS prevention outreach in high-risk populations.

"Other cities should do the same thing, including New York City, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco," said Coates. "These cities should develop ambitious strategies and share best practices."

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