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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
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AIDS Task Force Partners with Animal Rescue League
G., Emma (L), and Tattoo (R)
Our pets are an endless source of
unconditional love and an integral part of our families. This is even
more true for individuals struggling with medical issues and the
stigma associated with living with HIV/AIDS.
PATF client Fred G. raised show
dogs before becoming too ill to work and could not imagine life
without his beloved pets. He extends his heartfelt gratitude for help
in making sure they can remain in his life through the generous
donation of pet food from the Animal Rescue League.
Many of our clients rely on their
pets as medically necessary companions to combat depression and
loneliness, reduce stress, and increase their exercise and social
activity. Pets not only give them companionship and support, but an
added sense of purpose that is often lost when faced with the
diagnosis of a chronic disease.
Task Force and the Animal Rescue League believe in the healing power
of unconditional love and have formed a partnership to support
individuals living with HIV/AIDS by helping to support the pets that
give them that love.
You can be a part of this
partnership by volunteering, spreading awareness, or donating
much needed funds. It is these partnerships with the community that
enable us to do what we do. Thank you.
in the News:
HIV-Infected Youth Need Care
June 24 (Medscape news) - "Transition planning
should be a standard part of providing health care for all
HIV-infected youth," lead authors Rana Chakraborty, MD, and
Russell B. Van Dyke, MD, and the American Academy of Pediatrics
Committee on Pediatric AIDS 2011-2012, write. "A well-planned
transition of HIV-infected youth...enables them to optimize their
ability to assume adult roles and activities."
Read rest of story here
HIV Treatment Guidelines to Cut Millions of Deaths
Jul 01 (Medscape news) -
The World Health Organization has unveiled its much-anticipated new
HIV treatment guidelines. Officials say the new approach will prevent
3 million deaths by 2025 and will stop 3.5 million new infections.