From:                              Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force []

Sent:                               Thursday, June 04, 2015 1:02 PM

To:                                   Jason Herring

Subject:                          Food! Health! Fun!



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        Issue 49/
June 2015







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Most of us think of food as work or a comforting pleasure. Food surrounds us to the point that we often don't have to think about it at all. It is hard to imagine that in this day and age, any family would have to make a choice between buying groceries and paying a utility bill, but PATF sees them five days a week. A steady line of families and individuals living with HIV/AIDS come through our food pantry struggling with food insecurity and proper nutrition.


Growth isn't always a good thing. Last year we distributed approximately 8,000 bags of groceries to our clients. That is over 120,000 pounds of food, 30,000 pounds more than we distributed the year before, and the need just keeps growing. To meet this need, we must grow too.


So we reach out to you, our friends and supporters, to help us raise the $25,000 needed to complete our food pantry funding for the remainder of the year. With your help, we can overcome the challenge of food insecurity. With your help, we can replace the worry of proper nutrition with the focus of staying in medical care which makes it harder to spread the virus to
others. With your help, we can make a happier, healthier community by making happier, healthier people.


Please consider donating to PATF. Your donation will help alleviate the struggle of food insecurity for hundreds of local families and individuals who are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.



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The PATF East End Community Health Fair is back for a 5th year!


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Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force presents the 5th Annual East End Community Health Fair. Join us Friday, June 26th, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the corner of Penn Avenue and South Whitfield Street in East Liberty as over 20 vendors present their vision of a healthier, happier community.


This event is free and open to the public and will feature free HIV and STD testing, health screenings, games, music, free giveaways, and food! WAMO 100 will be broadcasting live, so come down and register to win tickets to some of the hottest shows this summer.


This year's event promises to be bigger, more fun and delicious, and full to the brim with great health presentations and screenings! This is a family and community event, so bring the kids and invite your friends!


Questions? Comments? Contact Karen Battle at 412-345-0585 or email



PATF partners with the Consumer Health Coalition 




Check out pictures from the #standOUTpgh picnic! 


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The #standOUTpgh campaign is an interactive, new media driven initiative to defeat LGBT stigma and promote HIV/STD testing and prevention by celebrating and promoting uniqueness and responsibility among young gay and bisexual men of color and all transgender individuals. The campaign documents and posts photographs, videos, and blog posts showing and telling about all of the personal uniqueness and health responsibility in our community via new and emerging social media. These digital expressions are tagged with #standOUTpgh and gathered at

Our #standOUTpicnic on Saturday, May 30, was an amazing day of fun, food, and friends in celebration of our participants and supporters. Check out photos from the picnic here! 

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HIV in the News: 


Treating HIV Patients Before They Get Sick



A major international clinical trial has provided the strongest evidence yet that people infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, should get treated as soon as possible, even if they are feeling well, to ward off serious illness and fatal complications in future years. The finding raises the powerful moral question of whether global and national organizations can find the will - and the resources - to protect millions of people from deaths and diseases that could be prevented.




 Read rest of story here 




New HIV Treatment Aims To Starve Out the Virus Instead of Actively Kill It


Trying to stop the human immunodeficiency virus-HIV-has not been too successful until recent history. But that does not mean that we are out of the woods yet. Still, the new developments show great promise; and one, in particular is incredibly innovative.





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