World AIDS Day

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Public health officials gathered at the Statehouse Monday to mark World AIDS Day, pledging to increase the number of HIV-positive residents who receive testing and treatment.

The state has joined an international initiative known as the "90 90 90 campaign," which seeks to get 90 percent of people with HIV diagnosed and into treatment for the virus by 2020.

Currently an estimated 2,840 Rhode Islanders are HIV-positive.

Rhode Island observed World AIDS Day Monday.  This year’s theme is “get to zero.”

Twenty-seven year old Anthony Maselli has been living with HIV for a little over a year.  After much deliberation, he decided to go public with his disease and says he has not suffered any repercussions because of it.  That’s not to say, however, that it’s an easy disease to live with.

"It’s very stressful sometimes and emotional for me. It took a while for me to be able to look at myself in the mirror and say ‘I’m HIV positive’ without completely breaking down," said  Maselli.