From:                              Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force []

Sent:                               Tuesday, September 08, 2015 10:11 AM

To:                                   Jason Herring

Subject:                          Bridging access to care



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        Issue 51/
September 2015







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PATF Spotlight:

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

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

last year alone!


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




HIV in the News: 


Managing 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, back, shoulders?






HIV particles do not cause AIDS, our own immune cells do

Researchers 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.




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