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AIDS Task Force events, accomplishments and programs, as well as
national and international HIV/AIDS information. Through e-Perspectives,
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27th Annual Benefit a Magnificent Success
27th Annual Benefit Co-Chairs Keri Harmicar and David Seman
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.
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
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
"This is where we
can do the most good. This is why we do what we do."
Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is April 10th.
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.