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.
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Please contact editor Jason Herring at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pittsburgh speaks with PATF about the National HIV/AIDS
above to read the newly released update to the National HIV/AIDS
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.
to the interview here!
Prepares for the 2015 Healing Weekend.
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
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 email@example.com or
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.
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
Join us in welcoming them to the family!
in the News:
flushed out by cancer drug
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
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
needle exchanges gain ground after Indiana HIV outbreak
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.
clinic in rural Scott County, Indiana, marks a sea change in states
where conservative lawmakers had staunchly opposed old needles-for-new
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