Paul was a graduate student at Columbia, studying Computer Science. He co-founded GHAP with Laura Pinsky in 1985 and was passionate and dedicated to the group and it's mission.
When GHAP began providing HIV testing, Paul volunteered to be part of the first group and was diagnosed as HIV-positive. Laura Pinsky remembers that the diagnosis made GHAP's mission that much more important for both of them because he was her best friend.
Paul died from complications of the disease in 1995 but his spirit lives on through the work of GHAP and published materials he contributed to, like The HIV/AIDS Fact Book.