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Sent: Friday, September 27, 2013 2:14 PM

To: Jason Herring

Subject: 27th Annual Benefit Photos! PATF e-Perspectives April Edition



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        Issue 27/
April 2013







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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 PATF. 

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PATF's 27th Annual Benefit a Magnificent Success



PATF 27th Annual Benefit Co-Chairs Keri Harmicar and David Seman



Click on the photo above to check out our Facebook page for more photos from the event!


Thank you to everyone who helped make this year's event such a wonderful and successful evening. Linda and Tony Bucci accepted the Kerry Stoner Award for their dedication and support to
PATF and the Annual Benefit with such grace and humility. Ted Pappas, the Producing Artistic Director of Pittsburgh Public Theater, was the perfect MC and Varla Jean Merman was hilariously entertaining! Thank you for your continued support.




What we do: PATF Profiles


Our rural medical case managers provide services to Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland counties. This outreach ensures that PATF clients living in the rural areas have access to necessary housing, food, medical services, mental health and drug and alcohol services, and legal services to lead to maximum independent living.


Lyn Chavis, our rural medical case manager for the northern counties, recently  created a new HIV positive peer support group for residents of Beaver County.

"I had noticed that some clients who live in rural areas are isolated from family and friends. It was apparent that clients could benefit from getting together to share their passions and concerns about life. Many of our clients are passionate about life, but seldom have someone to share their concerns, challenges, and success stories about living with HIV. Coming together helps us help ourselves and help others at the same time."

"The monthly gatherings provide a safe place for clients to share their thoughts, feelings and talents. As a rural case manager, I have the pleasure to literally meet the clients where they are. I am honored when clients invite me into their homes and share their life's story with me. I have the opportunity to get acquainted with the clients, which allows me to get to know them beyond the required paper work." 

"This is where we can do the most good. This is why we do what we do."




National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is April 10th.








News story: 


Hepatitis Safeguards Needed For HIV Sufferers


Stronger protections are needed to prevent people with HIV from also becoming infected with hepatitis, researchers argue in a new study led by Michigan State University.


Read rest of story here


Stigma of H.I.V. Is a Barrier to Prenatal Care


Fear of being stigmatized as an AIDS patient is still a major barrier to good medical care for pregnant young women in many countries, a new study and a literature review have found.



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