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Subject:                          National Black HIV/AIDS Awarenss Day: Join us!



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        Issue 36/
February 2014







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February is Black History Month and February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day



Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force (PATF) will host a press conference with Rep. Jake Wheatley at the PATF offices in East Liberty in observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day at 10:45 a.m. on Friday, Feb 7. Rep. Wheatley will announce the passage of a House Resolution recognizing February 7 as "National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day" in Pennsylvania and, along with PATF Executive Director Charles Christen, discuss the continuing health disparities facing the Black community and what we are doing to address those disparities. The public is invited to attend.


PATF will be canvassing the Pittsburgh community the week of February 7, 2014 in observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.  With the help of various University of Pittsburgh student groups and community volunteers, PATF will be engaging community members with information, supplying condoms and safer sex materials, as well as free HIV testing.


PATF will offer free HIV testing in area public housing communities the week of Feb 10. The testing events will feature food and giveaways for those participating in testing activities.


For more information or to join in canvasing activities, call Vianca at 412-345-0581 or email For more information on the press conference, call Jason Herring at
412-345-0596 or email




Join us for the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force 28th Annual Benefit!



Chairs David Bush and Tim McVay invite you to join them at the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force 28th Annual Benefit on Thursday, March 27 at the Twentieth Century Club.

The featured entertainer this year is Johnny Rodgers, who will dazzle guests with a cabaret-style performance of classics and new favorites. Don't miss this night of excitement as the historic Twentieth Century Club is transported back to the jazz age.

VIP guests will enjoy an intimate pre-performance reception with a light supper, hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, a special performance, a meet and greet with Johnny Rodgers, and special VIP seating during the main performance.

General admission guests will enjoy hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, deserts, a performance by Johnny Rodgers, and a night of mingling with old and new friends of PATF.

This year, we are honored to present PATF's signature award, the Kerry Stoner Award, to Giant Eagle, Inc. Giant Eagle has been a longtime supporter of PATF's  Annual Benefit and food pantry program, providing nutritious food and toiletries for our clients and their families.


For more information or to purchase tickets call Emma McAfee at 412-345-0593 or email Tickets also available for purchase online at the link below.



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Johnny Rodgers and the Johnny Rodgers Band will perform at the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force 28th Annual Benefit



Johnny Rodgers and his band will perform at the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force 28th Annual Benefit. CLICK ABOVE for an invitation from Johnny!

Johnny Rodgers is an internationally-celebrated singer-songwriter, pianist, Broadway star, and recording artist who is described by Stephen Holden, from THE NEW YORK TIMES, as an entertainer "that can't be found anywhere else" with "fused elements of Billy Joel, Peter Allen and Johnny Mercer."

Johnny dazzles audiences with his enthusiastic mélange of Americana using his original songs like "Home To Mendocino", "One More Moment", and the tribute ballad "The Best Of You In Me" and favorites made popular by the likes of Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Bill Withers, and Elvis.


Johnny won the Billboard and The Great American Song contests and the ASCAP Foundation Award for his songwriting. He has earned the famed Nightlife, Bistro, and MAC awards for outstanding performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel, The Colony Hotel Palm Beach, Feinstein's at Loews Regency, Birdland and other premiere New York City clubs. He has also performed at the Los Angeles Ford Amphitheatre, Arturo Sandoval's and other jazz clubs and festivals around the world. Johnny was honored to guest perform for Billy Joel and Judy Collins at Lincoln Center's ASCAP Awards.


Liza Minnelli recognized Johnny's talent taking him on her world tour and then as featured singer, dancer, pianist, and songwriter in the Tony Award-winning Liza's At The Palace, which now appears on PBS television. Johnny co-wrote the featured song "I Would Never Leave You" and is included on the show's DVD release as well as the Grammy-nominated CD.


Johnny's recorded albums include his debut CD, Box of Photographs with five award-winning songs, Bound Together and Let's Make A Date which includes Johnny's original title track duet with Liza Minnelli. The parental tribute song "The Best Of You In Me" is available in a choral arrangement from Hal Leonard Publishing. In addition to Liza Minnelli, Johnny Rodgers has performed and/or recorded with Michael Feinstein, Randy Brecker, Tom Harrell, Stephen Schwartz, Susan Werner, Dave Koz, Clint Holmes, and Ann Hampton Callaway, among others and is featured on the recordings; The Maury Yeston Songbook, Hallways: The Songs of Carol Hall, and Jule Styne In Hollywood.


Johnny is also the Music Supervisor and song co-writer of Motherhood The Musical which debuted off-Broadway in 2010 and continues touring with growing accolades. Johnny received a Carbonell Award nomination for Best Musical Direction.



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HIV in the News: 


HIV/AIDS Discovery Shows How Wrong Assumptions Can Be



Today, the fields of science and medicine continue to evolve with new evidence disproving commonly accepted theories. Scientists recently upended one such assumption on the cause of disease progression in patients with HIV/AIDS.


Read rest of story here 


Pitt Public Health analysis challenges assumptions about bisexual men and HIV transmission


The number of HIV positive men who have sex with both men and women is likely no higher than the number of HIV positive heterosexual men, according to a U.S.-based analysis by University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health researchers. The finding challenges a popular assumption that bisexual men are responsible for significant HIV transmission to their female partners.


The research, which will be presented at the American Public Health Association's 141st Annual Meeting & Exposition in Boston, builds a case for federal investment in research on HIV prevalence among bisexually behaving men.



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