All 16 members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) were fired by President Donald Trump this week, without any explanation given for their termination.
She added similar moves were made by both the Obama and George W. Bush administration.
Gabriel Maldonado, an Obama appointee whose term would have ended in 2018, was among those let go this week.
PACHA was established in 1995, during the Clinton administration, to advise the White House on HIV strategies and policies.
Several members slammed Trump's planned American Health Care Act (AHCA), saying it would leave numerous 1.1 million Americans with HIV/AIDS without access to proper treatment.
The notice "thanked me for my past service and said that my appointment was terminated, effective immediately", said Patrick Sullivan, an epidemiologist at Emory University who works on HIV testing programs. Fangerous that #Trump and Co. (Pence esp.) are eliminating few remaining people willing to push back against harmful policies, like abstinence-only sex ed, ' he tweeted. But the jettisoned members are also encouraged to reapply to the new council, which will begin in 2018.
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But Sullivan and Schoettes said that previous administrations had allowed members to serve full terms before appointing replacements.
According to a statement from the council's executive director, the group members each received a letter earlier this week with the news.
In June, six members of PACHA resigned in protest of what they felt was the Trump administration's inadequate response to treating Americans with HIV and AIDS.
Speaking to the Washington Post following the December removal of the remaining PACHA members, Schoettes alleged that loyalty to the president, not credentials, will likely be the driving factor in approving new nominations to the council, saying: "The only criteria for serving this president is loyalty".
The group is created to include "doctors, members of industry, members of the community and, very importantly, people living with HIV", said Scott Schoettes, an attorney with the LGBT rights organization Lambda Legal.
Jim Driscoll, a gay Nevada-based HIV/AIDS activist who supported Trump in 2016, said replacement of PACHA members "is standard practice" for a new administration.
Following that mass resignation, Trump was subjected to much criticism for his seeming inaction on the HIV front. An estimated 1.2 million people have HIV/AIDS in the United States and 37 million have the disease worldwide.
"I just am coming to the acknowledgment that the traditional tactics of politicking and policy and strategy and negotiation, the kind of standard tools that we're trying to use, that the status quo is no longer acceptable", Maldonado said.