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October 16, 1987

President's AIDS Commission to Report in December, Again by Middle of Next Year

JAMA. 1987;258(15):2023-2024. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400150013003

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THE PRESIDENT'S Commission on Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), formally called the Presidential Commission on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Epidemic, is up and running although its initial pace is somewhat faltering. Hardly had it finished its first meeting before it fired its newly appointed executive director and—ordered to produce its final report within 90 days of its creation—it is not expected to report until mid-1988, although an interim report will appear before the end of this year.

The commission held its first full meeting in the National Press Club in Washington, DC, as pickets on the sidewalk outside protested against some of its members and the administration that put it together. While there also was some criticism in the more decorous proceedings indoors, there was a great deal of reasonable advice.

The 13-member commission was created by President Ronald Reagan during the summer and is chaired by Eugene Mayberry, MD,