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AIDS Task Force events, accomplishments and programs, as well as
national and international HIV/AIDS information.
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launches its Annual Campaign
One of the many
services that the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force provides for the
community is the Pro Bono Legal Network, which focuses on giving those
living with HIV and AIDS legal advice and assistance. Our pro
bono Attorney Network help clients with an assortment of
legal issues. From wills, estate planning, and powers of attorney, to
civil actions and immigration cases, the PATF legal volunteer network
strives to provide assistance to those in need.
Matt Ometz, the
Legal Network Coordinator, works directly with clients to assist with
basic legal questions and match clients with attorneys. Matt has been
helping connect clients and attorneys since 1997, and was able to
assist a total of 486 people
When asked why it
is important for PATF clients to take advantage of the legal
network, he explained that, "The legal system is complicated, and
when you're dealing with HIV, our attorneys are more sensitive to the
issues surrounding HIV and other issues that clients deal with on a
regular basis. It's critical that the client can connect with someone
who is compassionate and sensitive to those issues."
PATF helps an
increasing number of clients with legal issues every year and is in
need of growing our Pro Bono Legal Network with new legal volunteers.
Volunteer participation is essential to the legal program, which means
the more legal volunteers we have, the more PATF patrons we can help!
If you are a
client in need of legal advice or assistance, or an attorney
who would like to volunteer, please contact Matt Ometz at
412-345-0589 or email email@example.com.
the Triple Threat: Strategies for Older Gay Men With HIV
When have you
felt like the only one? The only artist, the only person of color, the
only Democrat? I recently asked this of a class of graduate social
work students at NYU, Their eyes were closed as I took them through
this exercise, asking them to recall as much as they could about the
experience emotionally and physically.
Where were you? What was happening? Who were you with? How did it feel
to be the only one? What was going on in your body -- your stomach,
particles do not cause AIDS, our own immune cells do
from the Gladstone Institutes have revealed that HIV does not cause
AIDS by the virus's direct effect on the host's immune cells, but
rather through the cells' lethal influence on one another.
HIV can either be
spread through free-floating virus that directly infect the host
immune cells or an infected cell can pass the virus to an uninfected
cell. The second method, cell to cell transmission, is 100 to 1000
times more efficient, and the new study shows that it is only this
method that sets off a cellular chain reaction that ends in the newly infected
cells committing suicide.