NYC proposes $23 million more in HIV health care

A couple passes by the red ribbon, the international symbol for AIDS awareness, on the stairs during a campaign to mark World AIDS Day in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. World AIDS Day is observed on Dec. 1 every year to increase awareness about the AIDS. The letters read " A campaign for the prevention of AIDS" (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and members of the City Council want to allocate an extra $23 million a year for AIDS prevention and health care programs.

De Blasio plans to announce the plan on Tuesday, which is World AIDS Day.

Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito also supports the funding that is expected to be part of the city budget for the fiscal year 2017.

The plan is called the NYC Plan to End the Epidemic. It would benefit nearly 200,000 people a year while bringing down infections.

In 2014, about 2,700 New York City residents were newly diagnosed with HIV, a historical low. That’s a 35 percent decrease from more than 4,100 new HIV diagnoses in 2004.

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