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a monthly e-newsletter that highlights current and upcoming Pittsburgh
AIDS Task Force events, accomplishments and programs, as well as
national and international HIV/AIDS information. Through e-Perspectives,
we keep you posted on all that PATF does to improve the health and
quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS in southwestern
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AIDS Task Force Partners with Animal Rescue League
Sheets, PATF Food Pantry Coordinator, receives the first shipment of
pet food from Levi Hahn, Animal Rescue League Marketing Assistant
Our pets are an endless source of
unconditional love and an integral part of our families. This is even
more true for individuals struggling with medical issues and the
stigma associated with living with HIV/AIDS.
Many of our clients rely on their
pets as medically necessary companions to combat depression and
loneliness, reduce stress, and increase their exercise and social
activity. Pets not only give them companionship and support, but an
added sense of purpose that is often lost when faced with the
diagnosis of a chronic disease.
Task Force and the Animal Rescue League believe in the healing power
of unconditional love and have formed a partnership to support
individuals living with HIV/AIDS by helping to support the pets that
give them that love.
This partnership extends to helping
our clients with pets take better care of them, as well as finding
homes for pets with clients who desperately need them, but may
not otherwise be able to afford them.
You can be a part of this by
volunteering, spreading awareness, or donating much needed funds. It
is these partnerships with the community that enable us to do what we
do. Thank you.
in the News
Advances in AIDS care diminish
public's fears, Pittsburgh group warns
Trib Total Media
Medical advances to treat HIV and
AIDS save lives but may encourage young people to take risks with
their lives, a Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force official warns.
Decades ago, the public became
alarmed at the sight of AIDS patients with sores and sunken cheeks,
said Charles Christen, task force executive director.
"You saw that, and you thought,
'This is something I want to avoid,' " and that gave people
incentive to practice safe sex, he said.
continue reading at
in the News:
HIV-Infected Youth Need Care
June 24 (Medscape news) - "Transition planning
should be a standard part of providing health care for all
HIV-infected youth," lead authors Rana Chakraborty, MD, and
Russell B. Van Dyke, MD, and the American Academy of Pediatrics
Committee on Pediatric AIDS 2011-2012, write. "A well-planned
transition of HIV-infected youth...enables them to optimize their
ability to assume adult roles and activities."
Read rest of story here
HIV Treatment Guidelines to Cut Millions of Deaths
Jul 01 (Medscape news) -
The World Health Organization has unveiled its much-anticipated new
HIV treatment guidelines. Officials say the new approach will prevent
3 million deaths by 2025 and will stop 3.5 million new infections.