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HIV/AIDS panel gets new members

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Feb. 8, 2010

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Feb. 1 announced the appointment of 24 new members to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.

The council is composed of researchers, physicians and community leaders that provide advice to the president on HIV/AIDS policy issues. The chair of the council, Helene Gayle, MD, MPH, was appointed in August 2009.

"We often speak about HIV/AIDS as if it's only going on somewhere else, but we face a serious HIV/AIDS epidemic in America," President Obama said. "That's why last year my administration began crafting a new national HIV/AIDS strategy."

The council met for the first time under the Obama administration on Feb. 2 in Washington.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2010/02/08/gvbf0208.htm.

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