Australia: "Farmer Dave" Among New Voices on AIDS
July 6, 2012
A gay farmer and former reality-TV star, David Graham, has been named as a member of a new government advisory panel on HIV/AIDS. The committee, created by Health Minister Lawrence Springborg, will direct $2.6 million in prevention funds formerly given to the Queensland Association of Healthy Communities. The panel will be chaired by Cairns Sexual Health Service Director Darren Russell. According to a 2011 Kirby Institute Surveillance Report, Queensland's HIV diagnosis rate jumped from 2.8 per 100,000 people in 2001 to 5.4 in 2010. Graham left his Goondiwindi farm in 2006 to become a contestant on "Big Brother," where he revealed he was gay. The former model also was a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars." He has since returned to farming and dog training.
Australian Associated Press
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