Kentucky health officials aim to eliminate new HIV cases

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FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) -- Health officials plan to announce a new, collaborative effort to eliminate new HIV infections in Kentucky.

A statement from the Northern Kentucky Health Department says the University of Kentucky and the state Department for Public Health are set to announce details of the initiative on Wednesday at the Northern Kentucky Health Department in Florence. Along with eliminating HIV infections, the Kentucky Income Reinvestment Program's goals include expanding education and care for persons living the virus.

The move comes following a cluster of HIV infections reported in northern Kentucky. Health officials said last month that 43 cases of HIV had been reported in the region as of Feb. 21.