Six Members Of President's HIV/AIDS Council Resign

Six Members Of President's HIV/AIDS Council Resign

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Citing disappointment over the lack of concern shown by President Trump, as well as the administration's regressive health policies, six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) have resigned.

Gina Brown, Scott Schoettes, Ulysses Burley III, Lucy Bradley-Springer, Grissel Granados, and Michelle Ogle announced their resignations in a group letter entitiled "Trump doesn't care about HIV. We're outta here."

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The letter, published in Newsweek, slams the Trump Administration saying it "has no strategy to address the on-going HIV/AIDS epidemic, seeks zero input from experts to formulate HIV policy, and—most concerning—pushes legislation that will harm people living with HIV and halt or reverse important gains made in the fight against this disease."

Schoettes, the HIV project director for Lambda Legal, told Buzzfeed News, "I think there's a general sense that the atmosphere has changed and our job at the council was going to be much harder."

He continued: "It was my sense that I did not have any real say with this administration and that's in part because it's not an administration that wants to deal in facts, wants to deal in science."

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