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Article
May 6, 1988

National Policy on AIDS

Author Affiliations

Seattle—King County Department of Public Health University of Washington School of Medicine

Seattle—King County Department of Public Health University of Washington School of Medicine

JAMA. 1988;259(17):2546. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03720170022022
Abstract

To the Editor.  —I commend the recent article entitled "Prevention and Control of the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome [AIDS]: An Interim Report"1 from the American Medical Association's Board of Trustees, but, as medical director of the AIDS Control Program in Seattle, I would like to make several comments.The need for a national policy on AIDS, while critical, will apparently not be a product of the work of the Presidential Commission on AIDS. This was not one of the President's charges to the Commission, and the development of such a policy was not listed in their December interim report as a priority for the remainder of the Commission's work, to be completed in mid-1988. While I agree that such a policy must represent a coordinated effort between all levels of government and private concerns, some entity must lead the way in suggesting the framework for such a policy or it will

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