From:                              Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force []

Sent:                               Thursday, March 03, 2016 9:04 AM

To:                                   Jason Herring

Subject:                          Expansion update and pictures!



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        Issue 56/
March 2016







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PATF's expansion continues!   


Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force's expansion continues!

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.

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.Take a peak at how far we've come! 

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. The expansion is expected to be completed by mid summer.

None of this would be possible without you and we thank you for your continued support. Together, we are building a bridge to better access to care for those living with HIV/AIDS in our region!

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PATF's 30th Annual Benefit tickets now on sale! 


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We are pleased to announce that we will celebrate PATF's 30th Annual Benefit at WQED's Studios on Fifth on Thursday, April 14, 2016. Co-Chairs Deborah Acklin and Romi Conaboy would like to invite you to be part of this very special evening.

The 30th Annual Benefit is a festive and fun evening that will feature the extraordinarily talented national DJ Jeffrey Sfire, exquisite food and beverages from Common Plea Catering, as well as a night of mingling with our magnificent Pittsburgh community supporters. The VIP reception begins at 6 p.m. and general admission will begin at 7:30 p.m.


As a part of this event, PATF will present the Kerry Stoner Award -- named after PATF's founder -- in recognition of extraordinary service to the community related to HIV care and prevention. This year, we are proud to present this award to Dr. Anthony Silvestre in honor of his long-time outstanding support of PATF and people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in our community.

The Annual Benefit is our signature fundraising event and we hope you will join us in supporting those living with HIV/AIDS and helping prevent the spread of infection.

Contact Patrick Buehler, Development Associate, with any questions or to purchase tickets at or at 412-345-0593.




HIV in the News: 


How Gut Microbiota Impacts HIV Disease


HIV is a disease of the gut, a concept that's easy to lose sight of with all the attention paid to sexual transmission and blood measurements of the virus and the CD4+ T cells it infects and kills. But the bottom line is that about two thirds of all T cells reside in the lymphoid tissue of the gut, where the virus spreads after exposure, even before it shows up in blood.






Life and Love With HIV: One Man's Story of Dating With the Deadly Disease


A jarring new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that half of black gay and bisexual men in the U.S. will contract HIV in their lifetime.

Bryan Johnson was just 17 when he received the devastating diagnosis.

"It took me a really long time to process," Johnson, a Washington, D.C., native, told ABC News. "I thought I was going to be alone for the rest of my life."

As a black and gay man, Johnson is all too familiar with the latest statistics -- and the many perceptions people have about the illness.

"I'm not everyone's cup of tea. Not everyone can handle my cup of tea. There's some people that are more open and accepting about it. There are also some people who are ignorant and, you know, just want to stay within their safe zone," Johnson said.




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