New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a plan to end the AIDS epidemic in New York.

The plan aims to reduce the number of new infections below epidemic levels in New York State by 2020.

Officials hope to reduced the number of new HIV infections from the current 3,000 to about 750.

“Thirty years ago, New York was the epicenter of the AIDS crisis,” Cuomo said in a statement. “We are in a position to be the first state in the nation committed to ending this epidemic.”

While a cure or vaccine remains elusive, epidemiologists believe the AIDS epidemic can be ended through current drugs, which also block transmission of the virus.

“If you aggressively seek out people who are infected, get them into voluntary testing, care and treatment, the mathematical model shows a sharp deflection in the curve of people ultimately getting the infection,” Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, a leading AIDS researcher, told The New York Times. “Ultimately you can end the pandemic.”

The Cuomo administration said $5 million had already been set aside for the goal of universal treatment. Officials said they would seek additional funds in the next budget cycle.

The plan also includes promotion of Gilead's drug Truvada, which has been shown to decrease the risk of contracting HIV by 51 percent when taken consistently.