New York Daily News Profiles ‘Heroes’ in Effort To Combat HIV/AIDS
The New York Daily News on Sunday profiled advocates who have emerged as "heroes" in efforts to combat HIV/AIDS over the past 25 years. Some of the people who have been in the spotlight include Jesus Aguais, founder of Aid for AIDS, the largest HIV-related drug recycling program in the U.S.; President Bush; former President Clinton; Princess Diana; New York Sen. Thomas Duane (D), the state's first openly HIV-positive elected official; Donna Futterman, director of the Adolescent AIDS Program at the Montefiore Medical Center, who has won awards for her work on publications that focus on issues affecting the gay community; Microsoft founder Bill Gates; Roy Gulick, one of the first clinical researchers to test the antiretroviral drug zidouvidine; Mathilde Krim, who in 1983 founded The Foundation for AIDS Research, the first private organization to support AIDS research; and Larry Kramer, founder of the Gay Men's Health Crisis. Other "champions" include Children's Hope Foundation Executive Director Hermann Mendez, who has helped to greatly reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV in New York; Craig Miller, who organized the first AIDS Walk New York; and Beny Primm, founder and executive director of Addiction Research and Treatment, who was one of the first advocates to focus on the link between drug addiction and HIV (Kesner et al., New York Daily News, 5/28).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.