From:                              Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force []

Sent:                               Friday, April 01, 2016 9:07 AM

To:                                   Jason Herring

Subject:                          It's a celebration!



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        Issue 57/
April 2016







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


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Please join us as 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.

We will be auctioning off wonderful prizes such as tickets to see Adele live at Madison Square Gardens, an Ultimate Broadway Meet and Greet, fabulous vacation packages, and gift baskets from some of your favorite local vendors! It's a fun way to support PATF! 


As a part of this event, we 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.

We are so grateful to our top sponsors and would like to thank Giant Eagle, Inc, Allegheny Health Network, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, BNY Mellon, MARC USA, CCN Pharmacy, Highmark, Giant Eagle Foundation, Pittsburgh Magazine, and UPMC.

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




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HIV in the News: 


In a first, liver and kidney from HIV-infected donor are transplanted into HIV-positive patients


In a first that gives HIV-positive patients yet another chance for long lives, surgeons at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center have transplanted a kidney and a liver from a deceased donor who was positive for HIV into two HIV-positive recipients.

The groundbreaking transplant surgeries using organs from an HIV-positive donor ends a 25-year stretch during which the organs of HIV-positive people willing to donate them were rejected for use in transplants. The experimental procedure follows the 2013 enactment of the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act, which repealed the ban on using such organs for transplantation.






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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