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Bush Names New AIDS Policy Director

Bush Names New AIDS Policy Director


On May 12, President Bush named acting AIDS adviser Carol J. Thompson as permanent head of the Office of National AIDS Policy, a position that has been open since former office director Joseph O'Neill was named deputy coordinator of the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator. Colleagues say Thompson, a former White House domestic policy adviser who has held the post on an interim basis since August, is passionate about AIDS issues and helped craft Bush's five-year, $15 billion global AIDS program. But critics note that the past two directors were both openly gay doctors, and Thompson is neither gay nor a physician. Cheryl Jacques, president of the gay-rights group Human Rights Campaign, calls the appointment 'meaningless' because the 'White House has made this position so irrelevant.'

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