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        Issue 25/
January 2013
In This Issue
Annual Benefit
FAITH Gospel Concert
FAITH Testing Event
FAITH Hosts 1st In-Church Testing Event
Weakness in HIV's Armor


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


Benefit will take place at Pittsburgh Opera and will feature Varla Jean Merman and Gary Racan and the Studio-E Band


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FAITH Initiative to host 3rd Annual Gospel Concerton February 3rd
Event will feature talented youth performers and 



Sunday, February 3, 2013 marks the date of the free HIV/AIDS Black Awareness Commemorative "Youth Gospel Explosion Concert" sponsored by Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force's FAITH Initiative to be held at the Destiny of FAITH Church at 3737 Brighton Rd. Pittsburgh, Pa. 15212. The church is under the leadership of the Rev. Brenda Gregg. 

Youth groups and their leaders from the greater Pittsburgh area are invited to attend, and learn more about HIV/AIDS and have the opportunity to participate in a cash incentive contest about HIV/AIDS. 

The program is free to the public and open to all who wish to attend, church attire required.The program features youth talent ages 3 years - 18 years and will include musical selections by the award-winning boys' choir of the Afro-American Music Institute founded and nurtured by Mrs. Pamela Johnson,  Dr. James Johnson, and Mr. Howard Alexander, an alumni of the AAMI choir. The concert will also feature a liturgical dance selection by 15-year-old Precious Jordan of the St. James AME Church. Hill Dance Academy Theatre's, Ju.B.Lation Spirit Filled Feet under the Artistic Direction of Ayisha Morgan-Lee,MAM will fill your spirit. The Youthful Praise and Spiritual Uplifters mime groups from Baptist Temple will thrill your hearts. 

The concert chair-person is Ms. Betty Tilman. 



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.
National News Article
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:
Aaron Arnold- Services Outreach 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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