From:                              Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force []

Sent:                               Friday, September 05, 2014 1:06 PM

To:                                   Jason Herring

Subject:                          Free screenings!



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        Issue 42/
September 2014







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PATF to offer free blood pressure screenings and health education presentations 


Beginning Tuesday, Sept 30, PATF will begin conducting free blood pressure screenings and health education presentations in their East Liberty offices. Screenings and presentations are open to the public and are conducted 1 pm - 3 pm through a partnership with the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. This free community service will continue through Tuesday, November 25.



5913 Penn Ave, East Liberty

Open to the public

1 pm - 3 pm on the following dates


  • Tues, Sep 30: Blood pressure screening
  • Tues, Oct 7: Health education - Diabetes
  • Tues, Oct 21, Blood pressure screening
  • Tues, Nov 4: Health education - Hepatitis C
  • Tues, Nov 11: Health education - Condom use
  • Tues, Nov 18: Blood pressure screening
  • Tues, Nov 25: Health education - STDs


For more information contact Karen Battle at 412-345-0585 or



The Galaxy Ball is coming back! 




In honor of World AIDS Day, PATF will once again partner with True T Entertainment to hold the Second Annual Honors Ball, Galaxy II. Last year, the event drew about 250 people along with participants from as far away as DC competing for awards, accolades, and prizes.


You do not want to miss this event. If you've never experienced a vogue house ball event, they are a feast for the senses. Proceeds from this event benefit the minority populations that make up the house ball community.


Come out and experience the galactic energy of music, fashion, and dance as performers compete for their share of $3,000 in prize money. This event promises to be a sensory feast on a cosmic scale.


Where:      The Wyndham Hotel in Oakland

When:        December 6, 2014

Time:         8 PM - 2 AM


For more information call 412-345-0587 or 412-867-9586 or email

Tickets on sale now!





Remember PATF this shopping season!





HIV in the News: 


Preventing HIV With Medicine Can Carry A Stigma 


In order to slow the spread of HIV, certain people who do not have the virus but are at risk should take medicine to prevent becoming infected. That's the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and, just recently, the World Health Organization.


The preventive treatment is known as PrEP, for pre-exposure prophylaxis.


Read rest of story here 


FDA OKs New Triple-Combination Pill (Triumeq) for HIV


The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a once-daily fixed-dose combination pill of the antivirals dolutegravir, abacavir, and lamivudine (Triumeq) for the treatment of HIV infection in adults aged 18 years and older, according to the manufacturer ViiV Healthcare UK.



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