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        Issue 39/
June 2014







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The PATF East End Community Health Fair is back for a 4th year!



Allegheny Health Network and the Positive Health Clinic presents the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force 4th Annual East End Community Health Fair. Join us Friday, June 27th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the corner of Penn Avenue and South Whitfield Street in East Liberty as over twenty 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 a food truck round up! 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 Vianca Masucci at 412-345-0581 or email


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PATF Partners with the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh in outreach effort.





PATF has partnered with the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh in an effort to expand targeted HIV testing and education outreach.


This ongoing partnership will see PATF reaching over 30,000 people in the region's black community with HIV prevention messages and free HIV testing options.


We are proud of this new opportunity to reach more people in our community. Stay tuned for upcoming events!


For more information contact Karen Battle 412-0585 or





PATF launches new supplemental food program for senior clients.



PATF has begun a new program called the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), a federally funded nutrition program for senior citizens which provides a monthly box of nutritious USDA foods. Also known as the Senior Box Program, CSFP works to improve the health of people at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious foods.


Eligible clients will receive this monthly box in addition to their monthly pantry visit. This program will help ensure consistent nutrition for our senior clients year round.


For more information,  call our Food Pantry Coordinator at 412-345-0598 or email





HIV in the News: 


CDC Updates HIV Preexposure Prophylaxis Guidelines 



Healthcare providers should consider advising the use of oral antiretroviral therapy for HIV-uninfected patients who are at high risk for HIV infection, say clinical guidelines released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


When taken daily as directed, preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) can reduce the risk for HIV infection by more than 90%, according to the CDC. However, inconsistent use results in much lower levels of protection.


Read rest of story here 


HIV-positive children more likely to develop drug resistance


Researchers following almost 450 children enrolled in the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study, one of the largest studies of HIV-positive children in the United States, found that 74 percent had developed resistance to at least one form of drug treatment and 30 percent were resistant to at least two classes of HIV treatment drugs. In comparison, nearly 36 percent of adults with HIV have resistance to one form of drug treatment and only 12 percent have resistance to at least two classes.



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