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New AIDS Policy Director Sandy Thurman Faces Challenge Of Investing In Hope At Historic Moment In Aids Epidemic

AIDS Action Anxious to Work with Thurman to Bridge Chasm Between Politics, Science

April 7, 1997

Contact: José Zuñiga
(202) 986-1300, Ext. 3042

The promise of new AIDS therapies make this a time of unprecedented hope. With that hope comes an unparalleled challenge for those charged with setting a federal response to AIDS. President Clinton's appointment today of Sandy Thurman as the White House Director of National AIDS Policy is an important step toward meeting that challenge and, finally, gaining the upper hand in the fight against AIDS. We hope that this first step is followed by a significant investment in staff and budget resources Ms. Thurman will need to wage our nation's war against HIV disease.

Ms. Thurman's direct experience running a community-based AIDS service organization, as well as her extensive experience in the political arena should make her an effective advocate for all Americans affected by HIV and AIDS. She has a record of being sensitive to the needs of men, women, and children living with HIV and AIDS. And, she is tough and savvy about the ways of Washington, D.C. Whether testifying before Congress or delivering meals to people with AIDS, Ms. Thurman has a track record of getting things done.

The Clinton administration can be credited with demonstrating commitment to advancing the science of AIDS, preventing HIV infections, and caring for the already infected. Much more remains to be done. AIDS Action looks forward to working with Ms. Thurman and the Office of National AIDS Policy to insure that both the new and old sets of challenges around AIDS are met with policies that bridge the chasm between science and politics, as well as maintain meaningful investments in the new-found hope. text


AIDS Action is the nation's foremost AIDS advocacy organization, representing all Americans affected by HIV/AIDS and over 1,400 community-based organizations that serve them.

For further information, contact:

José Zuñiga
Director of Communications
AIDS Action Council
1875 Connecticut Avenue NW #700
Washington DC 20009
202-986-1300, extension 3053
202-986-1345 (fax)
202-332-9614 (tty)

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This article was provided by AIDS Action Council.