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        Issue 24/
Fall 2012
In This Issue
Smashing Success!!
Third Annual FAITH Prayer Breakfast
World AIDS Day Dec. 1
FAITH Hosts 1st In-Church Testing Event
Weakness in HIV's Armor


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Smash Hits reception with Elton John a SMASHING Success!


Event benefited Elton John AIDS Foundation and PATF


Jennifer Ficarri, Elton John, Chuck Christen, Bart Rauluk
Jennifer Ficarri, PATF Director of Development, Sir Elton John, Chuck Christen, PATF Executive Director, and Bart Rauluk, PATF Board of Directors President

Through the generosity of attendees, sponsors, and community partners, the Mylan Smash Hits WTT event and Elton John AIDS Foundation raised $150,000 for Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force!


These funds will help support:

  • The 47 individuals and families in our housing program.
  • The 500 clients who receive medical case management and nearly 7,000 bags of groceries from our food pantry each year.
  • The thousands of people we test for HIV and educate through our community outreach efforts.

On behalf of our staff and clients, we offer our sincerest thanks for standing with us in the fights against HIV/AIDS and in support of those living with the disease. 


We are honored by the gesture of community support.


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Third Annual FAITH Prayer Breakfast a huge success!
Event featured Keynote Speaker from NAACP


This year's Annual FAITH Prayer Breakfast was a great morning of food, information, and spiritual fulfillment, gathering together local leaders from various Pittsburgh faith-based communities to explore ways that faith leaders can positively impact the health of the faith-based community. The event featured Keynote Speaker Shavon Arline-Bradley, National Director of Health Programs for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and took place Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 at the First United Methodist Church in Shadyside. 

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Keynote Speaker Shavon Arline-Bradley and PATF Director of Community Outreach Shennod Moore


Thanks to everyone who helped make this event a success: Pastor Bob Wilson and the staff and congregants of First United Methodist Church in Shadyside; Dr. Charles Christen and the PATF staff and Board of Directors; the FAITH Consortium and planning board; Giant Eagle Market District in Shadyside and Starbucks in East Liberty for their generous contributions; Ritter's Diner for providing a delicious meal and generous donation; Mrs. Betty Tillman and Reverend Toye Starver for their generous contributions;  Mrs. Bradley for taking the time to join us and speak with attendees after the breakfast; the NAACP for partnering with the FAITH Initiative on future Pastoral training; and all who attended the event.


To learn more about the FAITH Initiative, please click here.

World AIDS Day is December 1, 2012 

Coalition of Local Organizations join together to plan events, memorials.


This year's World AIDS Day commemoration promises to bring something new and exciting to engage and educate even more Pittsburghers in the fight against HIV/AIDS. 


Featured Events Include: 


Thursday, November 29

World AIDS Day 2012: Getting to Zero Conference

1-6pm, University Club, Oakland

Registration due Novermber 23rd; please register here. 


25th Annual World AIDS Day Ceremony- Sponsored by the Pitt Men's Study

7:30pm, Heinz Chapel; Reception to follow in Reconciliation Hall

412-383-1676 for more information


Free HIV Testing 

10pm-midnight, Cruze Bar; 1600 Smallman Street, Strip District


Friday, November 30

World AIDS Day National House Ball

8pm-2am, Hilton Garden Inn, Oakland


Free HIV Testing

9pm-11pm, Southside


Saturday, December 1

(PITTSBURGH)RED/ World AIDS Day Rally & Advocates March

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Stuart Fisk will speak, among others; event hosted by Rosemary Welch from 90.5FM WESA

6pm, Corner of Forbes & Morewood Avenues

Gathering at William Pitt Union Immediately Following


Free HIV Testing

7-9pm, Driveway of William Pitt Union


For a full calendar of events, visit (PITTSBURGH)RED on  

FAITH Initiative sponsors first in-church HIV testing event
FAITH continues to break through barriers to HIV testing and awareness


The FAITH Initiative conducted its very first in-church testing event on October 27, 2012 at Judah Fellowship Christian Church in the North Side, under the leadership of Pastor Shanea Leonard. The Pastor and another church leader were tested in front of the congregation to show their support for HIV/AIDS awareness and testing as well as the ease of taking the test. 60% of church  members were tested at this event! The partnership between Judah Fellowship and PATF is ongoing with quarterly testing events planned throughout the year.

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John Easter, M2M Project HIV Prevention Specialist, prepares to perform HIV testing & counseling.
To learn more about the FAITH Initiative and how you can bring FAITH to your place of worship, please click here.
Researchers Discover a Weakness in HIV's Armor; Hope Vaccine could Eventually Follow
Search for HIV antibodies makes hopeful strides in South African research 


South African researchers announced last month that they had found a vulnerable spot on the outer shell of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus that may be a good target for a vaccine, and they had learned at which stage it develops. 
The research came from analyzing hundreds of blood samples taken at regular intervals from a group of 79 women who had participated in an earlier clinical trial; the researchers found two women whose virus had the vulnerability, and it was a form of the virus that had developed a few months after infection.
Researchers are hopeful that this discovery will lead to the creation of cocktail treatments with large doses of different kinds of antibodies, or a treatment that would cause the body to produce its own antibodies, which would amount to a vaccine. 
Antibodies are proteins that attach to a virus; once attached, antibodies neutralize the virus by blocking its receptors and attracting white blood cells that engulf the virus, alerting the body that the virus is an intruder. Typically, the viral shell of HIV repels antibodies, but this new weak point on the virus shell is vulnerable to attack.
The end result of a widely available treatment is still a long way off; however, this weakness is another weapon in researchers' growing arsenal of tactics to one day find a cure for HIV/AIDS. 


You can read the full article here.



We are delighted to recognize these recent staff additions to the PATF family:
John Easter- M2M Project HIV Specialist
Michael Battle- Director of Prevention

Anne Marie Hanzes- Medical Case Manager

Robert Scott Harrison- Medical Case Manager 

William Pellett- HIV Prevention Specialist

Michael Sheets- Food Pantry Coordinator


PATF is working together with Shepherd Wellness Community to sponsor two Holiday Events for the HIV/AIDS Community:


Friday, December 7

Cool Yule Holiday Family Dinner

First United Methodist Church, Shadyside

Registration due November 30 


Saturday, December 15

Holiday Dinner & Concert for HIV+ members and their guests

Rodef Shalom, 4905 Fifth Avenue, 
Doors open at 6pm for hors d'ouvres, Renaissance City Choir at 6:30, dinner at 7:30
Reservations due December 7
These events are open to PATF and SWC clients ONLY. Registration information for both events available by calling 412-683-4477


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