As John Kerry begins his role as Secretary of State, "some very important decisions will be being made, including the budget for the coming year for key development programs. Will Secretary Kerry fix the administration's AIDS budget problem?" AIDS and human rights activist Matthew Kavanagh writes in the Huffington Post "Politics" blog. He recaps some of Kerry's accomplishments in AIDS policy and says "there are high hopes that he will pick up the ball where Secretary [Hillary] Clinton left off and help ramp up U.S. global AIDS efforts." Kavanagh says Kerry's "first task" is to "make sure the White House does not make false choices on the global AIDS budget."