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        Issue 50/
August 2015







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Essential Pittsburgh speaks with PATF about the National HIV/AIDS Strategy!   



Click above to read the newly released update to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

WESA's Essential Pittsburgh spoke with Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force Executive Director Charles Christen about the recently released update to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and how it affects our region.

Listen to the interview here!



PATF Prepares for the 2015 Healing Weekend.


The Healing Weekend is a retreat for HIV-positive people and those that love them. The event is held every year in a peaceful, supportive space, in order to share experiences and learn from each other about striving to live healthier lives.


Conceived 23 years ago as a way to strengthen the HIV-positive community against the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS, PATF is honored and proud to continue the Healing Weekend tradition.


For more information on attending the 23rd Annual Healing Weekend please contact Maria C. Philips at or 412-345-0574.



PATF Welcomes New Staff!  


Brian Hall, Community Resources Coordinator

PATF welcomes Brian Hall as the new Community Resource Coordinator for our Lost to Care Program.  Brian is originally from Rochester, NY, and now resides in the city of Pittsburgh. He spent a number of years living in Boston, MA while working on his BA in Psychology at Boston University. After completing his undergraduate degree, he moved to Pittsburgh and began attending the University of Pittsburgh, graduating with a Master of Social Work degree. During his time there, Brian completed internships at the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, and the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

Lindsay Hamm, Housing Medical Case Manager

PATF also welcomes Lindsay Hamm as our newest Housing Medical Case Manager. Lindsay was born and raised in Pittsburgh, attended California University of PA for her psychology bachelors, and earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. Lindsay completed her first internship with PATF in 2013-2014 and her second internship with Allegheny General Hospital before coming back to PATF full-time.

Join us in welcoming them to the family!



HIV in the News: 


HIV flushed out by cancer drug


The cornerstone of treatment, anti-retroviral therapy, kills the virus in the bloodstream but leaves "HIV reservoirs" untouched. The study, published in PLoS Pathogens, showed the drug was "highly potent" at reactivating hidden HIV. Experts said the findings were interesting, but it was important to know if the drug was safe in patients.


The power of the HIV reservoir was shown with the case of the Mississippi baby. She was given antiretroviral drugs at birth. Despite appearing to be free of HIV for nearly two years after stopping treatment, she was found to be harbouring the virus.



 Read rest of story here 




Drug needle exchanges gain ground after Indiana HIV outbreak


Since Indiana opened its first state-run needle exchange last spring, Tara Burton, 25, has made weekly visits to turn over needles she used to shoot Opana, a prescription painkiller, up her track-marked arm.


The one-story clinic in rural Scott County, Indiana, marks a sea change in states where conservative lawmakers had staunchly opposed old needles-for-new exchanges.


An HIV epidemic in Indiana and a rise in Hepatitis C cases in Kentucky helped push those states to pass laws allowing communities to open needle exchanges. A pilot exchange program is due to begin in West Virginia in September. And Southern Ohio has opened exchanges in two cities since 2012.





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