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...