On this World AIDS Day, Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the number of people newly diagnosed with HIV in New York State has fallen to historic lows.

In 2016, there were just 2,881 new HIV diagnoses in New York, a nine percent decrease from 2015's3,163 diagnoses.

Cuomo says the decrease has been driven by the state's coordinated public health strategies.

"Once the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS crisis, we have made tremendous progress toward mitigating the impact of the disease in New York, and we will continue to do everything in our power to save lives, reduce transmissions and forge a path toward eliminating HIV/AIDS for the rest of the world to follow," Cuomo said. "Thanks to our aggressive public health initiatives that attack the disease from all angles, we are on track to meet our nation-leading goals and end the epidemic."

Today's announcement builds on Governor Cuomo's 2014 plan to significantly reduce HIV infections by the end of 2020