The administration of US President Donald Trump has dismissed the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), according to US media reports.
"The current members of Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) received a letter informing them that the administration was terminating their appointments", Hayes said. "No respect for their service", Schoettes tweeted. Fangerous that #Trump and Co.
Patrick Sullivan, an epidemiologist at Emory University in Atlanta who works on HIV testing programs, told the newspaper that the members were informed by letter this week that their terminations were effective immediately.
Jim Driscoll, a gay Nevada-based HIV/AIDS activist who supported Trump in 2016, said replacement of PACHA members "is standard practice" for a new administration.
Maldonado cited a recent Washington Post report which said that the Trump administration ordered the Centers for Disease Control to avoid using certain words or phrases in official documents being drafted for next year's budget. Six members of PACHA resigned from the council back in June, stating that their departure then had to do with Trump's negligence on the important issue. Six other members quit in June, accusing President Trump of having no strategy to deal with the epidemic.
"Changing the makeup of federal advisory committee members is a common occurrence during Administration changes", she added, noting that similar moves were made by both the Obama and George W. Bush administrations. "I think we all know broadly that there is a hostility that this administration has to people in the LGBTQ community, particularly [among] those on the evangelical right wing".
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Following that mass resignation, Trump was subjected to much criticism for his seeming inaction on the HIV front.
Gabriel Maldonado, an Obama appointee whose term would have ended in 2018, was among those let go this week. He also noted that some people on the board were sworn back in as members earlier this year when their initial terms expired.
The Trump administration has pursued cuts to AIDS-related programs at home and overseas, for instance at the Centers for Disease Control and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, respectively. The Republican-controlled Congress has thus far continued to fund these programs at previous levels.
He believes Trump has no AIDS policy and was discouraged with the administration's World AIDS proclamation.
New appointments may be coming soon.
Advocates have been critical of the administration's approach to HIV/AIDS issues.