“It was 1995, and I progressed very quickly into AIDS. I was told I had three months to live,” Perry Junjulas said.
In a nation where around 1.1 million people are diagnosed with the disease, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is saying something that Junjulas never thought he’d hear.
“Thirty years later, after the first World AIDS Day and the opening of the Damien Center, we can say we are on a road map right now to end the AIDS epidemic by 2020,” Junjulas said.
The announcement was made ahead of World AIDS Day, December 1.
With advances in medicine, Cuomo plans on removing barriers for people to access life-saving and preventative medications.
The initiative features a three-point plan, which includes identifying people with HIV who remain undiagnosed and linking them to health care, linking and retaining people diagnosed with HIV to health care and getting them on treatment to maximize HIV virus suppression, and providing access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for people who engage in high-risk behaviors to keep them HIV negative.