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August 5, 1988

White House Aide Studying AIDS Commission Recommendations; Reports to President Soon

JAMA. 1988;260(5):602. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03410050014004

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PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN says the final report of his Commission on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Epidemic is an impressive effort that "significantly increases our level of understanding to deal with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome." He is directing Donald Ian Macdonald, MD, the White House's special assistant for drug policy, to review the more than 600 recommendations (JAMA 1988;260:16-17, JAMA 1988;259:169-170, and JAMA 1988;259:2195, 2199) and chart a future course of action to deal with the epidemic.

This is an acknowledgment of a major message of the report, that control of the spread of the virus is related to drug abuse. Macdonald, previously administrator, Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration (JAMA 1988;260:459), is to report back to the President in the next few days.

Against Discrimination  Another major, and more contentious, recommendation by the commission involves broadening and extending (to the private sector) the antidiscrimination provisions of the 1973 Rehabilitation