The group was made up of everyone from doctors and lawyers to community members and people living with the virus.
REPORT: Trump fires HIV/AIDS council
Their jobs were to advise the White House on how to respond to the epidemic.
The president has the right to appoint whoever he wants, but that is a concern for some people in the DC-area.
“The only reason I’m doing this work is because some of the closet people in my life are living with HIV,” Devin Barrington-Ward, president of Impulse Group DC, said.
For Barrington-Ward, the firing of members on the president’s HIV and AIDS advisory council was personal.
Last year the district reported a sharp decline in new HIV cases, but advocates said minority groups are still being hit hard.
“Black gay men have a 1-in-2 chance of becoming positive in their lifetimes,” Barrington-Ward explained.
The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS (PACHA ) can have up to 25 members who give recommendations on the National HIV and AIDS Strategy.
The council members are not paid.
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