Vacuum Feared at Top of DC HIV/AIDS Agency
June 14, 2010
The HIV/AIDS agency for Washington, D.C., may be without a permanent director through fall and perhaps early 2011, said observers reacting to the sudden resignation of Shannon L. Hader. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced her departure on June 8 during a news conference.
"I don't think I've seen a résumé that impressive since the day we hired Dr. Hader," Fenty said.
During Hader's tenure, HIV testing by District health care professionals increased to a projected 125,000 this year. The annual number of condoms distributed increased from 1 million to 3 million.
In the first report of its kind, the city announced last year that about 3 in every 100 were confirmed as HIV-positive.
In addition to its ongoing responsibilities with regard to HIV, the city is preparing to host the 19th International AIDS Conference in July 2012, the first time the conference has been in the United States since 1990.
The position of director likely will not be filled before 2011, said council member David Catania, a supporter of Hader and an advocate for increased HIV prevention efforts in D.C. Before that, Fenty must first face Council Chairperson Vincent Gray in a September primary.
06.11.2010; Darryl Fears
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