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Welcome to e-Perspectives,
a monthly e-newsletter that highlights current and upcoming Pittsburgh
AIDS Task Force events, accomplishments and programs, as well as
national and international HIV/AIDS information. Through e-Perspectives,
we keep you posted on all that PATF does to improve the health and
quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS in southwestern
Pennsylvania. A sincere thank-you for your support and interest in
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Each year, PATF
conducts more than 2,000 free and anonymous HIV tests, linking newly
diagnosed individuals to the care and essential services needed to
stay healthy, happy, and less likely to transmit the virus to others.
By finding new
infections and re-engaging those infected who have been lost to care,
PATF is helping bring down the rates of new infections. By finding and supporting
those infected with HIV, we are preventing new infections and we can't
continue this without your support.
Show your support by donating today
and help us
FIND IT, TREAT IT, BEAT IT.
You do not want
to miss this event. If you've never experienced a vogue house ball
event, they are a feast for the senses. This is a World AIDS Day event
and goes to benefit the minority populations that make up the house
pre sales end Friday, December 6.
Get your tickets now!
Fresh Look at the PATF Food Pantry
Sheets, Food Pantry Coordinator
One of the many
services offered here at Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force is our food
pantry! Food products, nutritional supplements, and personal care
items can go a long way in improving the quality of life for people
living with HIV. It also offers us a great opportunity to spend some
time with our clients on a regular basis. We get a chance to talk
about people's lives and making healthy life choices while providing
people with things they want and need. People should be able to access
good nutritional choices no matter there income. Our food pantry is an
important part of our larger strategy to support those living with HIV
in Southwest Pennsylvania.
The PATF Food
Pantry is open five days of the week, closed only on Thursday and
Saturday. Clients visit the food pantry once a month, where they
choose from a selection of meat, cheese, produce, and canned goods. In
additional to food items, nutritional supplements and personal care
items are also available, which is not the case for most food
pantries. Case managers also deliver groceries to rural areas and to
those too ill to visit the pantry themselves.
food pantry coordinator here at PATF, enjoys forging
relationships with repeat customers. "The most exciting thing is
that, after we have built our trust with each other, I am able to
encourage them to make healthy and nutritious choices both inside and
outside of our food pantry." Fresh fruits and vegetables can be
hard to find clients living on extremely low, fixed incomes with many
economic hardships. In September alone, the PATF food pantry served
591 bags of food to 196 clients across southwest Pennsylvania.
Hunger and food
insecurity affects many people, especially those with medical
conditions that require daily attention. With recent cuts in food
stamp programs, more individuals and families will be left making
tough decisions about where their money should be spent. Choosing
between food and medication is not a decision anyone should have to
make. We want people to concentrate on being healthy and making
healthy decisions and our food pantry is one of the many ways we work
towards that goal.
Food Pantry Hours
Sunday: noon- 4
Monday: noon- 4
Tuesday: noon- 4
Wednesday: 3-7 PM
Friday: noon- 4
getting involved? Contact Michael Sheets, Food
Pantry Coordinator at 412-345-7456 ext.566 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
in the News:
Pittsburgh man with AIDS 'slipped
Carpenter / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
When the first World AIDS Day took place a quarter of a
century ago, the AIDS epidemic was in full roar. Ryan White was a
household name. Gay men, women and minorities were dying every day,
ravaging once vibrant LGBT neighborhoods in New York, San Francisco
and other urban areas. Dentists were starting to wear latex gloves to
protect themselves from infection. References to safe sex, Kaposi's
sarcoma and HIV were all over the news.
Read rest of story here
Pittsburgh, more education urged about AIDS and HIV
By Janice Crompton / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Life in the U.S.
for those dealing with an HIV infection is a much different place
today than nearly three decades ago, when Clarisse Jordan was
diagnosed with the virus that causes AIDS.
At the tender age
of 16, Ms. Jordan of East Liberty contracted the disease, which used
to be thought of as a death sentence.