World AIDS Day 2014 is here and there is an end to AIDS on the horizon. It's a functional end, not a cure, but to have the potential to reduce the number of new transmissions to near zero by 2020 across a nation is amazing. New York State, under Governor Andrew Cuomo's Plan to End AIDS by 2020, seeks to reduce new infections to below 750 per year from 3,316 in 2012.
Even without a cure HIV medications are helping people with HIV/AIDS live close to normal life spans. A generation of long-term survivors is waking up and finding themselves still alive and still productive. Now the rest of us need to wake up as well.