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Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS is back in business more than a year after members were fired

March 14, 2019 / Joanne Finnegan

The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) is back in business more than a year after its former members either quit or were fired by the Trump administration. The Department of Health and Human Services announced this morning that new members were appointed to the advisory council, which will hold a two-day meeting today and tomorrow in Washington, D.C. The announcement comes more than a year after the White House fired the 10 members of the council who had remained on board in January 2018. Six months prior, several members of the council quit over what they said was President Donald Trump’s lack of compassion for people who have HIV/AIDS. The reactivation of the council comes after Trump announced in his State of the Union address in February a new public health initiative aimed at bringing an end to the HIV epidemic in the U.S. within 10 years. Trump also released a proposed federal budget on Monday that, on the one hand, called for $291 million for the Ending the ...