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        Issue 27/
March 2013
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Annual Benefit
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
What we do: PATF profiles
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PATF's 27th Annual Benefit is March 20th!!



This year's event is co-chaired by Keri Harmicar, David Seman, and Samuel C. Badger. Linda and Tony Bucci will receive the Kerry Stoner Award for their dedication and support to
PATF and the benefit over the years. Ted Pappas, the producing artistic director of Pittsburgh Public Theater, will MC this year's event!

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National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a time each year when organizations and communities across the United States come together to offer support; encourage discussion; and teach women and girls about prevention of HIV, the importance of getting tested, and, if positive for HIV, how to live with and manage the disease.


In service to this day, PATF's Tiffani Thompson, Pamela Smith, and Will Pellet will be speaking at the following events about the state of women living with HIV and ways for women and girls to protect themselves from infection: 


  • Thu, March 14, 2013
    5:30 pm - 7:30 pm 
    Bethlehem Baptist Church
    716 walnut St
    McKeesport, PA 15132


  • Sat, March 16, 2013
    12 pm - 2 pm
    Morning Star Baptist Church
    307 Shaw Ave
    Clairton, PA 15025


In 2011, women and adolescent girls (aged 13 and older) accounted for 21% of the estimated 49,273 new diagnoses of HIV infection in the United States. Overall, CDC estimates that 279,100 women and adolescent girls were living with HIV at the end of 2009 and that 15% of those did not know that they were infected. This means they are not getting life-saving treatment or taking steps to protect their partners.


There is some good news: new HIV infections dropped 21% in black women in 2010. However, as noted before, women and adolescent girls of color-especially blacks and Hispanics/Latinas-continue to be more affected at all stages of HIV infection than women of other races/ethnicities. Even with reductions in infections, in 2010, the rate of new HIV infections among black women was 20 times that of white women, and the rate among Hispanic/Latino women was 4 times the rate of white women.

What we do:

The Girlfriends Project


The Girlfriends Project (TGP) was developed in 2008 in response to the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS on African American women. Loosely based on the "Tupperware Party" model, TGP provides opportunities for women, ages 18 and older, to participate in 

risk-reduction programming as well as HIV testing and counseling in a "house party" atmosphere.


For more information or to host a party, contact Pamela Smith at 412-345-0576.


The Girl Talk Project


Developed in 2011, Girl Talk is a teen version of the Girlfriends Project. Girl Talk was designed to educate at-risk African American teenage girls ages 13-18 about HIV, STD, and domestic violence prevention.


Through the Allegheny County Health Department our facilitators have been trained to perform Chlamydia and  gonorrhea screenings at Girl Talk parties in addition to HIV testing. Girl Talk formed a new partnership with Familylinks, a youth and families social services provider, to reach 100 at-risk young women living in Familylinks shelters and independent living programs.
For more information or to book a party, please contact Tiffani Thompson at 412-345-0572.

News story: 


U.S. baby's HIV infection cured through very early treatment


(Reuters) - A baby girl in Mississippi who was born with HIV has been cured after very early treatment with standard HIV drugs, U.S. researchers reported on Sunday, in a potentially ground-breaking case that could offer insights on how to eradicate HIV infection in its youngest victims.


Read rest of story here

U.S. health panel likely to make HIV tests routine

(Reuters) - A U.S. health panel may soon make HIV testing as standard a practice as checking cholesterol levels, a move that would fundamentally change how the virus is detected and treated.
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