Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton met with HIV/AIDS activists in Brooklyn on Thursday.

The meeting, held at Clinton's Hillary for America headquarters in Brooklyn, included representatives from numerous organizations dedicated to ending the epidemic.

Speaking before the meeting took place, Clinton called for an end to the HIV/AIDS epidemic “once and for all.”

“We do have the tools to end this epidemic once and for all, but we need to rededicate ourselves to fighting HIV and AIDS, and leaving no one behind,” Clinton said. “That means continuing to increase research and expanding the use of medications like PrEP. It means capping out-of-pockets expenses and drug costs, and building on President Obama’s National HIV and AIDS Strategy to increase the number of people on HIV treatment worldwide.”

“And let's reform outdated, stigmatizing HIV criminalization laws.”

Clinton added that the issue mattered to her deeply.

“I know many of us have lost friends and loved ones to AIDS. We owe it to them and to the countless people whose names we will never know to continue this fight together,” she said.

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) President Chad Griffin applauded Clinton in a statement.

“It is essential that our next president be an outspoken champion for ending the HIV and AIDS epidemic,” Griffin said. “Secretary Clinton’s meeting today with advocates underscores her commitment to do everything she can to help people living with and affected by HIV, and to work with us to end the epidemic and the continued stigma around HIV.”