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Updating the National HIV/AIDS Strategy Update to 2020

Douglas M. Brooks, MSW, is the Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy. He is the President's lead advisor on domestic HIV/AIDS and is responsible for overseeing implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Brooks was a Visiting Fellow at the McCormack School Center for Social Policy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of AIDS United. Douglas was appointed to The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) and liaison to CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee. Brooks, a person living with HIV, earned a Bachelor of Science from Lesley University, a Master of Social Work from Boston University, and is a licensed clinical social worker.

Mr. Brooks' Remarks
White House Video Supporting a Ban on Conversion Therapy

The overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrates that conversion therapy, especially when it is practiced on young people, is neither medically nor ethically appropriate and can cause substantial harm.

As part of our dedication to protecting America's youth, the Obama administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors.