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AIDS Treatment Activist Martin Delaney Dies

More sad news, via Peter Staley at POZ:

Delaney"This country's most accomplished and influential AIDS treatment activist, Martin Delaney, died (Friday) at his home in San Rafael, California. Marty was the founder of Project Inform, and I blogged last year about how much he meant to me and so many others. Among his many accomplishments, Marty was the father of the 'parallel track' policy, developed by Anthony Fauci at the NIH in 1989, which allowed patients with AIDS whose condition prevents them from participating in controlled clinical trials to receive promising experimental drugs. Although not HIV positive himself, Marty's tireless activism with the FDA, NIH and pharma helped save my life, and the lives of thousands of people with HIV/AIDS. He died from inoperable liver cancer stemming from a history of hepatitis B virus infection."

Staley reports that Delaney was awarded the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director’s Special Recognition Award one week ago.

Watch a tribute to Delaney from Anthony Fauci, recorded last year, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Martin Delaney and the organization the he founded and lead for about 20 years. helped people make decisions which saved many of our lives. Even when there was little to feel positive about Delaney helped to bring hope and options to many in the darkest days of the epidemic. His contributions are more than most people realize but his kindness, compassion and intellect were equally noteworthy. He will be missed by many of us who knew him.

    Posted by: Grahame Perry | Jan 26, 2009 2:12:35 PM

  2. When I tested positive eleven years ago, the information supplied (for free!) by Project Inform helped me get a handle on what I was dealing with. Along with the advice of my doctor, I used Project Inform as a resource to help me make decisions about medications and to stay informed about the always changing landscape of HIV/AIDS. I urge everyone reading this to consider a donation to Project Inform. They are a great support for people living with HIV/AIDS.

    Posted by: peterparker | Jan 26, 2009 6:02:47 PM

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