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San Rafael, California
SAN FRANCISCO - Martin Delaney, who led the movement to grant AIDS patients access to experimental drugs and headed early education efforts about the disease, died Friday. He was 63. Delaney died of liver cancer at his home in San Rafael, said Dana Van Gorder, executive director of Project Inform, the San Francisco-based AIDS treatment advocacy and education organization that Delaney co-founded in 1985. Earlier this week, Delaney was presented with a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases award for his role in leading the push to make AIDS treatments and education more widely available. Project Inform led early efforts to educate patients about their treatment options and was the first group to set up a national AIDS treatment information hotline, according to the group's Web site. The organization also successfully challenged the FDA and the U.S. Border Patrol to make it easier for Americans to bring back medications from beyond the country's borders. Through much of the 1990s, Delaney served as an official AIDS research adviser to the National Institute. He also led the Fair Pricing Coalition, which negotiates with pharmaceutical companies to keep HIV drug prices down. He was the executive director of Project Inform until 2008.