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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
AIDS Panel Lacks Drug Abuse Experts
Josepher, Howard
June 21, 1995
New York Times (06/21/95) P. A18

President Clinton's new AIDS advisory panel lacks experts who represent substance-abusing populations, writes Howard Josepher, executive director of Arrive, in a letter to the editor published in the New York Times. More than 50 percent of all new AIDS cases in the past five years have been in substance users, he notes. In addition, HIV infection is increasing in women faster than among any other group, with the majority of infections coming from drug use or sexual intercourse with a drug user. If the President is serious about addressing the AIDS epidemic, he must include people who are knowledgeable about substance abuse, Josepher concludes.