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NYC’s Leather Daddy HIV Czar Is Going to the CDC—And Advocates Nationwide Are Thrilled
Tim Murphy

It’s not often that a tattooed, muscled leather daddy—one who’s a celeb on the local gay party scene and regularly posts shirtless selfies on Instagram with hashtags like #nastypig and #zaddy—leaves New York City to work in the upper ranks of the federal government. But that’s exactly what’s about to happen to Demetre Daskalakis, M.D., M.P.H., the deputy health commissioner in charge of NYC’s response to HIV and other infectious diseases since 2014. On Nov. 17, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced that Daskalakis, 47, would become the federal public health agency’s next director of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP) on Dec. 21.

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