Legendary Project Inform Founder Martin Delaney Dead at 63

One of the greatest American HIV/AIDS activists lost his fight against liver disease today at his home in San Rafael, California. Martin Delaney was the founder of Project Inform and is largely responsible for the "parallel track" policy of medicine provision to dying patients.

From Peter Staley at POZBlog:

What a terribly sad day this is. A huge, huge loss for people with HIV, and all those who fight for them.

This country’s most accomplished and influential AIDS treatment activist, Martin Delaney, died just minutes ago at his home in San Rafael, California. Marty was the founder of Project Inform, and I blogged last year about how much he meant to me and so many others.

Among his many accomplishments, Marty was the father of the "parallel track" policy, developed by Anthony Fauci at the NIH in 1989, which allowed patients with AIDS whose condition prevents them from participating in controlled clinical trials to receive promising experimental drugs.

On Monday, NAIAD Director Anthony Fauci presented Martin Delaney with a Special Recognition Award for his decades of work in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Project Inform provided the following statement on the passing of their courageous founder:


Dear Friends —

It is with profound sadness that Project Inform announces the passing this morning of our Founder, Martin Delaney. He was 63 years old.

When the full history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic is written, there can be no doubt that Marty will rank as one of the greatest contributors to ending this great human tragedy. Those of us living with HIV, and all of us who care about people living with HIV, mourn the loss of this great leader, lifesaver and wonderful human being.

Marty’s activism is legendary. He was a true David among many Goliaths. He has assured that government, researchers and pharmaceutical companies understand and respond to the needs of HIV-positive people. He heavily influenced the development of the strong arsenal of medications we now have to prolong life for millions of people worldwide.

Personally and through Project Inform, Marty has educated or counseled tens of thousands of HIV-positive individuals and their caregivers about how to treat HIV. A day does not pass in the life of this agency that we do not hear from a person living with HIV or a supporter about a life lengthened or saved as a result of Marty’s efforts.

Intellect, activist, diplomat, mentor, friend — each of us will remember Marty for the great attributes he brought to his lifesaving work. We will miss him terribly.

Project Inform’s offices will be open today, Friday, January 23 until 7pm and on Saturday, January 24 from 10am to 4pm so that friends can drop by to be in community with one another in response to this great loss. We are located at 1375 Mission Street at 10th Street in San Francisco.

We will provide information as quickly as we are able about the date of a public event to memorialize Marty. Emails can be sent to Project Inform, and cards can be mailed to Project Inform, 1375 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.

The Staff and Volunteers of Project Inform

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