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National Policy on AIDS

Robert W. Wood, MD
JAMA. 1988;259(17):2546. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03720170022022.
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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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