As the Obama administration slowly unveils its global AIDS plan, the drive to put more people on drugs is being scaled back as emphasis is shifted to prevention and to diseases that cost less to fight, including pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria and fatal birth complications.
AIDS advocates complained bitterly that they had been betrayed and that the Bush administration's best legacy was being gutted - and they blame a doctor and budget adviser who is also the brother of the White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel.
"I'm holding my nose as I say this, but I miss George W. Bush," said Gregg Gonsalves a long-time AIDS campaigner. "On AIDS, he really stepped up. He did a tremendous thing. Now, to have this happen under Obama is really depressing."
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