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        Issue 35/
January 2014







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e-Perspectives, 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. 

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Each year, PATF conducts more than 2,000 free and anonymous HIV tests, linking newly diagnosed individuals to the care and essential services needed to stay healthy, happy, and less likely to transmit the virus to others.


By finding new infections and re-engaging those infected who have been lost to care, PATF is helping bring down the rates of new infections. By finding and supporting those infected with HIV, we are preventing new infections and we can't continue this without your support.



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Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force 28th Annual Benefit is around the corner!



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 heavy hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, and a special performance and meet and greet with Johnny Rodgers.

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 long-time supporter of PATF's  Annual Benefit and food pantry program, providing nutritious food and toiletries for our clients and their families.



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A Fresh Look at the PATF Housing Program


(L to R) Nicole Baer, Senior Housing Medical Case Manager, Cydney Daniel, Director of Housing and Client Services, and Matt Ometz, Pro Bono Legal Network Coordinator


We all know that some days can be a struggle. Life is a constant source of challenge and we meet it head on day after day. Being sick can make these challenges larger and more imposing. Being homeless or facing eviction can make these challenges insurmountable.


It is nearly impossible to take care of yourself when you don't have a secure and stable home to call your own each night. Studies have shown that a stable living environment means lower HIV risk and higher adherence to treatment among those living with HIV/AIDS. HIV positive individuals in treatment are less likely to spread the virus to others, and also experience a much higher quality of life.


At Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, we recognize that clients not only manage HIV, but a host of other issues that can make their lives difficult and make it difficult to stay in treatment. Those facing homelessness need a safe and affordable place to live first in order to control their viral load to become less likely to spread the disease. PATF provides the only HUD-funded, HIV/AIDS-specific housing programs in the region.


Pathways is a transitional housing program to help single adults find permanent housing within 24 months. Choice I, Choice II, and Choice III are permanent housing solutions that we offer individuals and families throughout Allegheny County. Our housing programs include a variety of case management services and referrals for primary medical care, nursing care, drug/alcohol and mental health treatment, nutrition counseling, and money management education.


Housing is one of the most basic and important of needs, improves the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS, and helps to prevent the spread of HIV.


If you know an HIV-positive individual in need of services, please contact Cydney Daniel, Director of Client Services at 412-345-0574 or email





PATF 2012-2013 Annual Report



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HIV in the News: 


ID Docs Back Preexposure HIV Prophylaxis, Yet Few Provide It



Nearly 75% of infectious disease specialists across the United States and Canada support the use of preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) against HIV, but fewer than 1 in 10 have actually provided that service, according to results from a newly published survey.


Findings of the survey appear in an article published online December 6, 2013, in Clinical Infectious Diseases.


Read rest of story here 


Early HIV-related Kaposi's Treated Successfully Without Chemo


Stage-stratified treatment greatly reduces the need for chemotherapy in patients with early-stage HIV-related Kaposi's sarcoma (KS), leading to high overall survival rates in patients with early and advanced disease. These findings, from a study conducted in the United Kingdom, were published online on December 30 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.



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