AIDS czar: Atlanta HIV efforts lack ‘urgency’

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imageJeffrey Crowley, the White House AIDS czar, is one gay man who doesn’t mince words.

In Atlanta today for the National HIV Prevention Conference, Crowley also met with officials of AIDS Alliance for Faith & Health, Positive Impact and Open Hand. He offered this impression to a reporter with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

“There is concern in Atlanta about the commitment of elected officials” to fight HIV/AIDS, said Crowley. “People say there’s not the urgency there should be. Atlanta is a major epicenter in the HIV crisis in the U.S. We want to engage the American people broadly.”

Oh, snap. Crowley, whose official title is director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, isn’t making an observation that most any official with an AIDS organization wouldn’t also offer. But that it came from a White House official provided a refreshing bit of frankness on HIV/AIDS policy that we haven’t seen from the feds in say, oh, eight years or so.

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