Southern Voice (Atlanta) (08.22.03) - Thursday, August 28,
In July, President Bush appointed three new members to the
Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, and some advocates
are concerned as to their effect on HIV/AIDS programs.
Appointee Edward C. Green is a senior research scientist at
the Harvard University School of Public Health and a medical
anthropologist. Green is a recognized authority on global AIDS
issues who specializes in AIDS in African nations. Earlier
this year, Green told a Congressional committee he supports
the "ABC" approach - which calls for people at risk for HIV to
abstain, be faithful, or use condoms - to AIDS prevention in
But according to Douglas Feldman, an anthropology professor
from the State University of New York who knows Green through
anthropology circles, Green recently called condom promotion
"a waste of time and money" and backs an abstinence-only
approach to the epidemic in Africa.
Carl Schmid, a gay Republican activist, disputed claims that
Green opposes condom-related programs. Schmid pointed to
Green's March 20 testimony before a House subcommittee on
health, in which he supported condom programs, in addition to
abstinence and fidelity, as a part of AIDS prevention.
Along with Green, Bush appointed Benny Primm, a New York City
physician and chair of the National Minority AIDS Council, to
PACHA. Primm also specializes in substance-abuse treatment
programs as a means of HIV prevention. AIDS and gay rights
activists praise Primm for his sensitivity to gay issues.
Bush's third appointee to PACHA, Franklyn Judson, chief of
infectious disease services at Denver Health Medical Center,
favors mandatory contact tracing and partner notification for
people testing HIV positive. AIDS activists say the stigma
associated with AIDS makes it difficult to employ such methods
for HIV prevention and could discourage testing.