A Few Gay Men

The state's HIV task force is supposed to mirror the epidemic's demographics. So why is it filled with straight white women?

Balancing act: New task force co-chairs Nick Metcalf and Melissa Palank need to bring more gays and minorities to the table
Craig Lassig
Balancing act: New task force co-chairs Nick Metcalf and Melissa Palank need to bring more gays and minorities to the table

Finding people outside of the HIV industry, however, doesn't seem to be getting any easier. "We don't pay people for their participation, and it's a huge amount of work for not much reward," Slater says. "There are not that many people who know about what we do or are very interested, and after ten years we've gone through most of them."

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