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        Issue 26/
February 2013
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Annual Benefit
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
What we do: PATF profiles
News story


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Welcome to 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.  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 Pennsylvania. A sincere thank-you for your support and interest in PATF. 

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SAVE THE DATE!! PATF's 27th Annual Benefit is March 20th!!



Ted Pappas, the producing artistic director of Pittsburgh Public Theater, will MC this year's event!The benefit will feature Varla Jean Merman performing at Pittsburgh Opera on March 20 and a VIP reception at Mansions on Fifth on February 27.


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February 7th devoted to encouraging Blacks to get educated, get
tested, get involved, and get treated
because HIV/AIDS disproportionately devastates Black communities.


Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force is dedicated to serving this community in the fight against HIV/AIDS.



What we do:
One of the issues that we have recently confronted is the need to be able to fill in care gaps for the most vulnerable and needing of people living with HIV. With the hiring of a services outreach coordinator, we now have the ability to go out into the community to find and help those whose lives are too chaotic, impacted by mental illness, poverty, and/or substance abuse to get to us for help.
Meet Aaron Arnold, Services Outreach Coordinator:
     "As the newly hired Services Outreach Coordinator, I have spent his first month and a half on the job identifying what gaps there are in HIV/AIDS services that contribute to individuals living with the challenges of infection dropping out of care or never engaging in the first place."
      "One of my first projects is to work more closely with the Open Door, a harm reduction agency that focuses on preventing homelessness among those living with HIV who may or may not have additional substance use or mental health issues.  Just a few weeks into working with Open Door residents, I have met with several individuals who are ready to become PATF clients for the first time, many others who are former clients that are ready to reengage, and some others who are simply relieved to have someone else helping them to stay healthy and in medical care."  
     "I have also been working closely with the House Ball Community, which largely consists of African American MSM and trans-identified individuals, in order to build upon PATF's relationships with these populations for both prevention and care purposes. I have been scheduling many testing events at various venues and events, working to take over case management of HIV-positive inmates and prevention activities in the jail, and collaborating with Operation Safety Net and Prevention Point Pittsburgh to increase testing rates among homeless and intravenous drug using populations."
Aaron has hit the ground running and is a valued member of our team dedicated to our mission of supporting and empowering all individuals living with HIV/AIDS and preventing the spread of infections.




News story: 


Rapid, On-site HIV Testing: Increases Life Expectancy and Is Cost-effective


Incorporating rapid HIV testing in drug treatment programs is both cost effective and increases life expectancy for an HIV-positive person, according to an NIH-funded study published in September 2012 in the journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence. This study expands upon a previous finding of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network Rapid HIV Testing and Counseling Study that showed that onsite rapid HIV testing in substance abuse treatment programs correlated with increased receipt of HIV test results.


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