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Ex-congressman tapped to co-chair AIDS council

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A former congressman who questions the central role condoms have played in the fight against AIDS is set to co-chair the Bush administration's AIDS advisory council.

Former Rep. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., will head the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS along with Louis Sullivan, who served as secretary of health and human services under former President Bush, administration officials confirmed Tuesday.

Sullivan has a reputation as a moderate Republican.

Coburn's choice is more controversial, partly because of the conservative credentials he honed over six years in Congress and partly because he challenges some of the orthodoxy surrounding AIDS prevention.