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JANUARY 17

“HIV and AIDS: Considerations for the 21st Century”

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Since becoming director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in 1984, Anthony Fauci has provided a voice of reason in a debate that needed it. A consummate scientist, Fauci has never let ideology taint his perception of the facts. He blasted the Reagan administration for mediocre NIH funding but also angered gay activists when he said the AIDS community should underline the non-AIDS-related spinoff benefits of AIDS research in order to get more money. His honesty and competence have led even public enemies like AIDS activist Larry Kramer to admit their liking for him privately (a younger generation of radicals has now denounced Kramer and, in 1995, stormed a fancy dinner where Fauci and Kramer were speaking). Fauci also happens to be a brilliant doctor (so good he was personal physician to former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop). Today Fauci discusses “HIV and AIDS: Considerations for the 21st Century,” a topic as limitless as it is fraught. Ask him about the new “miracle” drugs and AIDS in the Third World at 3:30 p.m. at Goddard Space Flight Center, Building Three Auditorium, Greenbelt & Soil Conservation Rds., Greenbelt. FREE. For reservations call (301) 286-6878. (John Cloud)