The POZ 100: 26 to 50
26. Jeffrey Crowley, MPH
As director of the Office of National AIDS Policy at the White House, and as Obama’s lead AIDS strategist, Crowley works to ensure the president makes good on his campaign promise of implementing a National HIV/AIDS Strategy. He has spent countless hours meeting with HIV-positive people across America and translating their concerns to the folks in DC. Crowley seems enigmatically stoic to some. But be sure: Beneath his polished exterior is a lion-hearted defender of people with HIV.
27. Julie Davids
In her role as national advocacy and mobilization director for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Davids brings her experience, integrity and vision to a variety of U.S.-based prevention and social justice organizations such as Project UNSHACKLE and the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance. She’s a veteran of ACT UP Philadelphia and Health Gap, and where she leads, we will follow.
28. Joe De Capua
An American-based international journalist with a good handle on the universal drivers of HIV, De Capua uses his platform of Voice of America to explore HIV-related topics few other members of the media are willing to discuss. From Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bill to the lingering and deadly nature of AIDS-stigma, De Capua digs deep and gets it right.
29. The Denver Principles
Created at a 1983 conference in Denver when people living with HIV came together to discuss the rights of people with HIV, the Denver Principles have long been the moral compass for our community. They were drafted by a group of PWAs led by Bobbi Campbell and were designed to protect, dignify and empower people living with HIV/AIDS. They begin, famously with, “We condemn attempts to label us as ‘victims.’” Years later, they are still fundamental to our fight. If you have not read them lately, do so now. They are our guiding light.
30. Desert AIDS Project
Based in the Palm Springs Desert, DAP offers an impressive lineup of AIDS care services including holistic care, dental and gynecological services, prevention and social support. CEO David Brinkman leads the organization, which also takes on advocacy and fund-raising. Notables like Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Tom Hanks and Queen Latifah have joined DAP each year for its annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Gala. 2011 marked DAP’s 27th year of providing outstanding help to people with HIV/AIDS.
31. Ambassador Mark Dybul
Dybul was an Independent who worked for the Republicans as the global AIDS coordinator in the Bush White House. Part of the team that created the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Dybul garnered huge bipartisan support for AIDS relief. Today, Dybul is the codirector of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University and is the inaugural fellow in the newly formed Bush Institute. Few people are as smart as he is about AIDS.
32. Wafaa El-Sadr
The director of the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in New York, El-Sadr is an expert voice on HIV/AIDS. Incredibly insightful and thoughtful, the former MacArthur Fellow develops treatment strategies that take into account real world issues such as education, social status , economic stressors and barriers to care.
33. Kenyon Farrow
Using his silver tongue and the digital domain, Farrow eloquently expounds on the needs of young, black men who have sex with men (MSM), a group at high risk for HIV—they’re six times more likely to contract the virus than their white MSM counterparts. Farrow’s fresh thinking and frank commentary give much-needed insight and voice to a community facing multiple challenges.
34. Anthony Fauci, MD
From the earliest days of the pandemic, he has kept one foot on the ground with people living with HIV and the other on the fortress-like campus of the National Institutes of Health where he is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Fauci personally believes we’re on the brink of ending AIDS, and he allocated $70 million over five years for cure research at the NIH as part of the Martin Delaney Collaboratory—named after the late, great AIDS treatment activist. Fauci famously said, “We can pay a lot to end AIDS now, or we can pay an awful lot later.”
35. Kevin Fenton
As the director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention at the CDC, Fenton oversees HIV prevention in America. We give him credit for addressing the real reasons certain groups are disproportionately at risk for HIV. He attempts to dispel dangerous myths and highlights the true factors—such as high rates of incarceration, sexual violence, drug use, lack of access to health care, poverty and higher prevalence of STIs-—that make some people especially vulnerable. By doing so, he allows us to focus on the drivers of HIV infections and administer high impact prevention to overcome them.
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