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Community Advocates Letter to U.S. Government Partners of the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections

Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD
Director
National Institutes of Health
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
Anthony S. Fauci, MD
Director
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Building 31, Rm 7A03
31 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20814
Jack Whitescarver, PhD
NIH Associate Director for AIDS Research and
Director, Office of AIDS Research
Building 5635FL, Rm 4017
5635 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20852
Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH
Director
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30333
August 16, 2013
Dear Sirs:
We are writing to express serious concern and dismay regarding the shutting down of the website for the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI). Although we appreciate that you do not have control over business disputes, both the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are listed as scientific partners in this conference, and the financial and intellectual investments of publicly funded institutions and scientists have been vital to the success of CROI, rendering it perhaps the single most important annual HIV research conference. CROI has also been a pioneer in making webcasts, abstracts, and posters available via the conference website; this online information is now referenced and linked to by a vast number of scientific papers and online articles.
Due to the importance of the CROI website to HIV research, we urge you to do everything in your power to intervene and resolve the current, unacceptable situation. Whether by arbitration, negotiated settlement, or other means, it is essential that the CROI website be placed back online in a way that makes original links functional.
Sincerely,
ACRIA
AIDS Action Baltimore
AIDS Foundation of Chicago
AIDS Policy Project
AIDS Project Los Angeles
AIDS Resource Center Ohio
AIDS Treatment News
AVAC
Andrea Benzacar
Rob Camp
Community Access National Network (CANN)
Julie Davids
Anna Forbes
Foundation for Integrative AIDS Research (FIAR)
Nathan Geffen
Harm Reduction Coalition
HealthHIV
HIV i-Base
HIV Prevention Justice Alliance (HIV PJA)
Barbara Hughes
International Rectal Microbicide Advocates (IRMA)
John S. James
National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD)
National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC)
Ohio AIDS Coalition
Okaloosa AIDS Support & Informational Services (OASIS)
Project Inform
Robert Reinhard
San Francisco Department of Public Health
San Francisco Hepatitis C Task Force
Treatment Action Campaign
Treatment Action Group
WORLD (Women Organized to Respond to Life-threatening Disease)
cc.
Constance A. Benson, MD
Director, CROI Foundation
Kevin M. De Cock, MD
Chair, CROI 2014
Scott M. Hammer, MD
Vice Chair, CROI 2014
Donna M. Jacobsen
IAS–USA
John Mellors
President, CROI Foundation
Julie Overbaugh, PhD
Vice Chair, CROI 2014
Melissa Sordyl
Westover Management Group, Inc./CROI LLC
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