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        Issue 45/
January 2015







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PATF is honored to present the 2015 Kerry Stoner Award to Stuart Fisk CRNP, MSN





Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force is honored to present North Point Breeze resident Stuart Fisk with the Kerry Stoner Award at its 29th Annual Benefit at J. Verno Studios on Thursday, March 26th, 2015.


The Kerry Stoner Award is presented annually to honor a person who has, through a longtime dedication to Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force's Annual Benefit, shown commitment to Kerry Stoner's legacy and vision. Stoner, a tireless HIV/AIDS activist who died of complications from AIDS in 1993, was a founder and the first executive director of PATF.


Fisk has been involved in HIV activism, research, nursing, and prevention since 1988 and has provided hospice, nursing and medical care for persons living with HIV disease since 1992. He helped to develop a number of innovative programs to provide compassionate and state of the art care for these populations, both in Pittsburgh and San Francisco, CA. He was involved in the development and legalization of Prevention Point Pittsburgh, a syringe exchange program providing a broad range of prevention services for injection drug users in the region and in the development of the Positive Health Clinic at Allegheny General Hospital; a Ryan White Care Act funded medical clinic for persons with HIV.


Stuart began working with Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force shortly after his arrival in Pittsburgh in 1996. He began as a volunteer providing training for PATF's Buddy Program and has continued lending his skill, compassion, dedication to the mission of PATF in the years since. Stuart joined PATF's board of directors in 2009 and is currently serving as board of directors vice president. He currently is Director of Operations for the Center for Inclusion Health for the Allegheny Health Network and also provides direct care as a nurse practitioner with the Positive Health Clinic as well as serving as Board President for Prevention Point Pittsburgh.


This year's event at J. Verno Studios begins at 6 p.m. with a VIP reception featuring enhanced service and food provided by All in Good Taste Productions with Emmy-nominated chef Bob Sendall. General admission begins at 7:30 p.m. and features hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, the Kerry Stoner award presentation, and a performance by Elite Show Band. VIP tickets are $325 and general admission tickets are $175. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 412-345-0593.



Proceeds benefit Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force,
the region's oldest and largest
AIDS service organization.


For more information or sponsorship opportunities, call Emma McAffee at 412-345-0593 or email


Tickets on sale now!




PATF releases draft of 2013 - 2014 Annual Report





PATF presents its 2013-2014 Annual Report. This report shows our progress in serving our mission in the last fiscal year and highlights our renewed focus on the fight to end the HIV epidemic.


We fight to support those living with HIV/AIDS. We fight to prevent anyone else from contracting the disease. This is our focus.


We focus on keeping HIV positive individuals in their homes, healthy, and in treatment to reduce the amount of virus in their body. Very low amounts of HIV in the body make it significantly less likely that person can spread the virus to others.


We focus on finding those infected through our outreach and testing programs, getting them the care they need through our client services, and keeping them in care through our medical case management.


Our aim is to make people healthier, happier, and more productive. How? We focus on the positive. We know that we are not in this alone and are honored to live in a community that is dedicated to taking care of their own. We know that, together, we can win this fight.


Please consider donating to PATF and helping us make healthier, happier people.







HIV in the News: 


Only 3 in 10 Americans With HIV Have Virus Suppressed: CDC



Fewer than a third of Americans with HIV infection achieve viral suppression through effective care and treatment, according to new data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


"HIV care and treatment not only work to improve health and prolong lives, but also to prevent new infections. Yet today's study shows that too many people with HIV aren't getting the treatment they need in most cases because they aren't receiving ongoing HIV care," CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, said during a press briefing.



Read rest of story here 


HIV Pharmacists Eliminate Inpatient Medication Errors


Intervention by an HIV pharmacist can quickly fix medication errors for HIV-infected patients who are hospitalized, a new study shows.


The electronic medical record system flagged some medication errors, but inpatient prescribers often get alerts "for a lot of different things," so sometimes they get ignored, said Sara Bares, MD, from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. The dedicated pharmacist intervention was the only thing that brought the errors "down to zero."




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