From:                              Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force []

Sent:                               Thursday, December 03, 2015 1:03 PM

To:                                   Jason Herring

Subject:                          Expansion update and happy holidays!



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        Issue 54/
December 2015







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PATF Expansion: Full Steam Ahead! 


PATF's building then and now!



Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force's expansion is in full swing! Our East Liberty offices are being transformed so that PATF can offer our community expanded pharmacy services, behavioral health and clinical care in addition to our existing vital services. We are building a bridge to better access to care for our clients and our community. 

Our building was originally the Mansmann's Department Store that was open from 1888 until 1978. PATF moved into the building in 2007, relocating from Wilkinsburg.

The expansion includes 6,700 square feet of renovation to the 14,000 square foot space, as well as 800 square feet of new food pantry space and 2,500 square feet of new medical clinic space. PATF contracted with SOTA Construction Services and Strada Architecture for the project which is slated for completion by April of 2016. The finishing touches of furniture and design are being handled by long-time PATF friends Nachum Golan and Steve Hough.

The process has been challenging and humbling, but we are confident that our transition will bring better service and better health to those living with HIV/AIDS and better position us to fight the spread of infection in our community.

None of this would be possible without you and we thank you for your continued support.

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Help us build a bridge to better access to care on December 8!  



Next Tuesday, December 8, the Pittsburgh Foundation will match your donation of $25 or more, dollar for dollar. Make your donation to Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force go twice as far!

Donations must be given through the website beginning at 8 AM on Tuesday, December 8
for your donation to qualify for the match.

PATF's housing and emergency assistance program helps house those living with HIV/AIDS in our region and fights to keep them from homelessness. We deeply care about the long-term health and wellness of each of our clients and work every day to ensure them better and healthier lives.



HIV in the News: 


HIV, AIDS Patients Living Longer Due To Advances In Treatment


PITTSBURGH (KDKA) - Much has changed in the treatment of HIV and AIDS in the three decades since the epidemic began. A diagnosis is no longer a death sentence.

That's creating a new challenge for the people on the front lines treating the disease.With today's medications, people take fewer pills and have fewer side effects. While it can still be a struggle, people may find it easier to adhere to their prescriptions.

Now, having HIV is more of a chronic disease and people live well into their golden years.






AIDS Free Pittsburgh Program Aims To End New Infections By 2020


The City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and area health and services organizations are collaborating on AIDS Free Pittsburgh, a three-pronged public health initiative.

"We're going to normalize HIV testing," said Karen Hacker, director of the Allegheny County Health Department. "We're going to make improvements in standardizing our linkages to care for those that are diagnosed, and we're going to improve access to a variety of prevention tools."  

Those tools include PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, a daily medication which prevents infection among those who do not have HIV.




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