A top HIV prevention specialist in San Francisco was named director of the Office of National AIDS Policy on Wednesday.
Dr. Grant Colfax, who has served as director of HIV prevention and research with the San Francisco Department of Public Health, was appointed as the White House AIDS czar by President Barack Obama.
In his national position, Colfax will be charged with creating strategies to reduce HIV infection rates, along with increasing access to treatment.
According to the health department, he has more than a decade of experience in HIV prevention work, including in research, outcome evaluation, health care delivery and public policy.
In a statement from the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, CEO Neil Giuliano said Colfax has been “instrumental” in the decline of new HIV infections in The City.
“His unique blend of experience serving on the front lines of the epidemic, implementing the national strategy at the local level, working as a direct service provider within the Ryan White CARE system, and conducting cutting-edge research makes him the right person at the right time to lead the Obama administration's efforts to end HIV/AIDS in the United States,” Giuliano said.