Massachusetts AIDS Action Committee Founding Director Kessler To Retire
Larry Kessler, founding director of AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, on Wednesday announced that he plans to retire on April 30, the AP/Boston Globe reports (AP/Boston Globe, 2/15). Kessler founded the organization in 1983 after the first cases of HIV/AIDS among men who have sex with men appeared in Boston, according to an AAC release. "It is still a tragedy to me that every day in every major city and in almost every state of the union, people die from the complications of AIDS and someone new is infected," Kessler said in a written statement, adding, "It is time for me to get back to my roots and work on the social justice issues that continue to drive this epidemic: poverty, violence, racism and homophobia" (AAC release, 2/15). According to the AP/Boston Globe, AAC is dedicating its 2006 AIDS walk to Kessler (AP/Boston Globe, 2/15).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.