In the United States, less than 1 percent of the population is infected; in Russia and India the figure hovers around 1 percent.Even in Thailand, with its thriving sex and drug trades, the proportion of infected barely exceeds 2 percent.The notice “thanked me for my past service and said that my appointment was terminated, effective immediately,” said Patrick Sullivan, an epidemiologist at Emory University who works on HIV testing programs. The council, known by the acronym PACHA, has advised the White House on HIV/AIDS policies since its founding in 1995.Members, who are not paid, offer recommendations on the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, a five-year plan responding to the epidemic.“It is of great importance for people living with HIV like myself.” The council’s executive director, Kaye Hayes, confirmed in a statement that all remaining council members had received letters Wednesday “informing them that the administration was terminating their appointments.” She did not address when the administration might begin to make new appointments to the council, which can number up to 25 members. “Changing the makeup of federal advisory committee members is a common occurrence during administration changes,” Hayes said in the statement. Bush administration appointees to PACHA in order to bring in new voices.
Outside of sub-Saharan Africa, many HIV-positive people are injecting drug users, prostitutes, and highly promiscuous homosexual men who may have hundreds of different sexual partners every year.
But Sullivan and Schoettes said that previous administrations had allowed members to serve full terms before appointing replacements.
“It is important to have a rolling, transitioning body that crosses administrations that really has a set of diverse outlooks on the epidemic,” Sullivan said.
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