NAPWA names new director

Frank Oldham Jr. named executive director of world's oldest network of HIV-positive people

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January 25 2006 1:00 AM ET

The National
Association of People With AIDS announced Monday that Frank
J. Oldham Jr. will become its new executive director,
replacing Terje Anderson, who announced his departure
from NAPWA last year after nearly a decade of service
at the agency.

Oldham, who is
HIV-positive, is currently the executive director of
Harlem Director Groups, an agency focusing on HIV
prevention, testing, and treatment for
African-American New Yorkers. He also previously served
as executive director of Horizons Community Services in
Chicago, as managing director of the Los Angeles Gay
and Lesbian Center, as assistant commissioner of the
Chicago Department of Public Health Division on
STD/HIV/AIDS Public Policy and Programs, and as citywide
coordinator for AIDS policy in New York City.

“This is
the most important position of my life and the highest honor
of my career,” Oldham said in a press release
issued after his appointment. “NAPWA’s
visibility and power are essential to the lives of over one
million people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States,
and I know in my heart and soul that we must ensure
NAPWA’s tradition of fighting strategically for
the basic human rights and the finest quality of life
for all of us living with HIV/AIDS.”

Founded in 1983,
NAPWA is the oldest national AIDS organization in the
United States and the oldest national network of people
living with HIV in the world. (Advocate.com)

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