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September 9, 1988

Follow-up Report on AIDS Commission Recommendations Goes to President Soon

JAMA. 1988;260(10):1340-1345. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03410100020006

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SOME GROUPS are less than enthusiastic about the White House's ten-point "action plan" in response to the 597 recommendations of the Commission on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Epidemic (JAMA 1988;260:602).

The President's response to the HIV commission's report was developed by Donald Ian Macdonald, MD, director of the Drug Abuse Policy Office. Macdonald will continue to monitor this plan and will make a follow-up report to the President later this month.

In the meantime, Jean McGuire, executive director, Acquired Immuno-deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Action Council, says: "The council [which represents more than 380 community-based service organizations] is deeply disappointed that the plan falls so far short of the vision espoused by the commission."

The decision that seems to have caused the most disappointment is the lack of endorsement for the commission's view that, if people are going to come forward for testing and counseling, federal antidiscrimination laws must protect those