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January 18, 2020

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Attacking AIDS
Last Featured: 1/3/2005

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After 25 years, about the only thing agreed upon by world leaders, public health professionals, those living with HIV/AIDS and their families, is that the disease is a killer. The deadly nature of the disease, how it spreads, and who is infected has led to personal tragedy and international conflict. Debates over funding, discrimination, privacy, and access to vaccine patents have played out on a global stage. Where increasingly effective medicines offer hope, access leads to frustration. HIV/AIDS is arguably the public health crisis of our time, which begs the question: from Peoria to Pretoria, what should America’s policy be?

Dr. Marsha Martin is the executive director of AIDS Action. She served for three years as special assistant on HIV/AIDS policy to Secretary Donna Shalala at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, where she advised on AIDS issues and the homeless. Martin also served as the coordinator for the homeless veterans initiatives at the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs and as executive director of the Federal Interagency Council on the Homeless at the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. She previously served as director of the Mayor's Office on Homelessness & SRO Housing in New York City under Mayor David Dinkins.

Dr. Joe O'Neill is deputy coordinator and chief medical officer in the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator at the U.S. State Department. He previously served in several high level positions administering HIV/AIDS programs. He served as director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy; acting director of the Office of HIV/AIDS Policy in the Department of Health and Human Services; associate administrator for HIV/AIDS in the Health Resources and Services Administration; and former director of the Ryan White Act program. O'Neill has been recognized for his work by the National Lesbian and Gay Health Association and he continues to provide primary care services for HIV/AIDS patients.

Closing Quote
"No war on the face of the Earth is more destructive than the AIDS pandemic. I was a soldier. But I know of no enemy in war more insidious or vicious than AIDS. Will history record a fateful moment in our time, on our watch, when action came too late?"

— Secretary of State Colin Powell

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