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        Issue 30/
August 2013







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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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Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force Partners with Animal Rescue League   


Fred 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.


Pittsburgh AIDS 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.





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HIV in the News: 


HIV-Infected Youth Need Care Transition


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


New 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.



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