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AIDS Treatment Activists Form New Coalition

By John S. James

August 24, 2001

Twenty-one U.S. AIDS treatment activists met for three days in August and began to outline a new coalition to improve AIDS research, treatment access, and empowerment of new activists in communities most affected by the epidemic. The August 17-19 meeting, hosted by The Center for AIDS: Hope and Remembrance Project in Houston, Texas, resulted from earlier community meetings held at the annual Retroviruses conference in 2000 and 2001.

The new organization, tentatively named AIDS Treatment Activist Coalition, will address several concerns:

ATAC will focus on biomedical research, including diagnostics, vaccines and microbicides as well as drugs, and will include AIDS-related illnesses such as hepatitis C and tuberculosis, as well as HIV infection and its complications.

Membership policies, bylaws, and other specifics are still being determined. For example, it is likely that membership will be open to all persons with HIV and their advocates, with members joining as individuals (not as representatives of organizations) and paying nominal dues; but there might or might not also be a separate category of organizational member for nonprofit organizations. The organizers are seeking input from the public and can be reached through the email addresses below.

Standing committees so far are Bylaws; Communication; Fundraising; Membership; Mentoring; and Research, Development, and Access.


For More Information; Contacting ATAC

ATAC has started a Web site at http://www.atac-usa.org; you can also send email to info@atac-usa.org.

ATAC has a temporary steering committee, and you can also contact the members individually:

Parrish Crosby Parrishfc@yahoo.com

Yvette Delph YvetteDelph@aol.com

Larry Diaz sadatatx@hotmail.com

Mike Donnelly MrDonnelly@aol.com

Gregg Gonsalves greggg@gmhc.org

Michael Marco Mikemarco@aol.com

Bob Munk bobmunk@ix.netcom.com

Claire Rappoport clairer@itsa.ucsf.edu


Notes

  1. This writer participated in the organizing meeting in Houston, and drafted the statement above with the assistance and approval of the group.

  2. We are especially impressed that this coalition has started useful work immediately, within a week of its organizing meeting; see http://www.atac-usa.org.


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Copyright 2001 by John S. James. Permission granted for noncommercial reproduction, provided that our address and phone number are included if more than short quotations are used.


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