Meck County teams up with organizations to help slash HIV infection rates

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mecklenburg County and several organizations have teamed up to try to lower the number of HIV cases in our area to zero.

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Health leaders have launched a program called Getting to Zero, with the goal of cutting the rate of new HIV infections by 75 percent  in five years and 90 percent in 10 years.

"The rate of infection is still unacceptably high," said University of North Carolina at Charlotte research professor Patrick Robinson.

The combined efforts allow health departments to prevent new cases and ensure treatment.

Watch the video above as Channel 9's Anthony Kustura breaks down how the new program plans to reach its goal.