Harold Jaffe to Replace Helene Gayle as Head of CDC HIV Division
Dr. Harold Jaffe, who led "some of the first investigations" into AIDS, will become acting director of the CDC's National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Jaffe joined the CDC in 1974 and served as an officer in its Epidemic Intelligence Service at the time when reports of "a strange new illness" in gay men -- later determined to be AIDS -- surfaced in 1981. Jaffe subsequently headed several CDC programs on HIV/AIDS, most recently the CDC's lab for HIV, sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis. Jaffe replaces Dr. Helene Gayle, who will be spending two years as a senior adviser on HIV/AIDS to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (McKenna, Atlanta Journal-Constitution 8/1).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.