The United States and the global health community lost one of its great HIV/AIDS champions with the passing of Dr. C. Everett Koop. As U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Koop's strong conviction and steady hand helped to guide the country through the earliest and most difficult years of the AIDS epidemic.
Dr. Koop’s ability to speak frankly and honestly at a critical time about HIV was absolutely vital in challenging the stigma and misinformation that fueled the virus’ spread. He gave hope to thousands when it was in short supply. Each of us who has been involved in the fight against AIDS, whether in the U.S. or internationally, owe Dr. Koop a large debt of gratitude for his tremendous contributions to these efforts.
I offer my sincere condolences to his family and friends. While we mourn his loss, we also celebrate his legacy and honor the extraordinary impact that his life’s work continues to have for the millions of people living with and affected by HIV in the U.S. and worldwide.
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