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Local leaders announce plan to end AIDS epidemic in Nashville by 2020

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -

A group of local health professionals and government officials met for World AIDS Day to discuss ways to fight the epidemic locally.

In 2016 alone, 140 people were diagnosed with HIV or AIDS in Davidson County, which puts the number of those affected in Nashville at more than 3,500. 

At their summit on Friday morning, officials announced their plan to effectively end AIDS in Nashville by 2020. 

Keynote speaker Reverend Edwin Sanders says the epidemic is rooted in social issues.

"In too many instances persons who are infected and impacted by this disease are persons who have not had the benefit of quality education and who have not have the windows of opportunity open that allowed them to be able to accomplish economically what's necessary," said Sanders, Sr. Servant at Metro Interdenominational Church. 

According to the director of HIV Epidemiology Surveillance in Nashville, there has been nearly a 40-percent increase in HIV diagnoses in Davidson Co. in the last decade. 

For more information on World AIDS Day, click here

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