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Subject:                          PATF on NPR!



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        Issue 48/
April 2015







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PATF's Alan Jones talks with NPR's Essential Pittsburgh  



Alan Jones with his partner Tim Gabriel

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PATF's Alan Jones joined Dr. Charles Rinaldo on NPR's Essential Pittsburgh to talk about the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Pittsburgh. This touching and empowering interview reminds us, once again, the horrors that we have come through and that the fight is not over.


Alan is full of amazing and gut wrenching stories and is a true treasure.


An excerpt from Alan's interview:   


"I started as a case worker for PATF as late as 1991 and did that for 8 years...the average lifespan of a client in those days was 18 months. I had clients as short as a week and as long as two years. I lost over 160 clients in that time. They were as young as 20 and what I think was so awful in the beginning was there was just no resources, that the process, even today, of trying to get SSDI disability for a major health issue could take a year or two to clear up and in those days, half of our clients, I would say well over half, died before they ever got their first disability check. So you have someone with no income, who's lost their house or apartment, had their car repossessed, often times didn't feel comfortable living with their family...I had clients whos families would not visit them because they were not sure of how the virus was spread, wouldn't let their children, nieces and nephews, visit them..."


"A lot of my clients didn't have the money for medications or medical coverage, and I actually used to distribute medicine, such as AZT, to clients that didn't have coverage from clients who were deceased. Their families had given me the medicines."


Click here to listen to the interview. 



PATF's 29th Annual Benefit a Success!


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for more photos from the event!


Thank you to everyone who helped make this year's event such a wonderful and successful evening.Stuart Fisk accepted the Kerry Stoner Award for his long-time dedication and support to
PATF's mission and the Annual Benefit with such grace and humility. Co-Chairs Barbara Richey Chait & Clare Meehan, Emmy-nominated Chef Bob Sendall, friends and supporters of PATF, and Elite Show Band all came together to make this benefit such a fun and fabulous success. Thank you for your continued support.




Dirty Dancing Cabaret benefits local agencies


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The cast of Dirty Dancing; The Classic Story on Stage thrilled to announce a fundraising cabaret benefitting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS with Special Guest, Pittsburgh Dad! It is an evening of song, dance and the occasional 80s joke performed by the national tour cast of Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at the Cabaret at Theatre Square, across from the Benedum Center in beautiful Downtown Pittsburgh!


The evening, titled A Dirty Cabaret - Dirty Dancing Goes Down-tahn, begins at 11:00pm and includes a variety of performances from modern dance to rock and roll to a dirty little strip-tease all benefitting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, and The Shepherd Wellness Community, among many others.  


Tickets to the event are $20 per guest ($10 with your Dirty Dancing playbill or ticket) and a limited number of VIP seats will be available.  


Reserve your VIP Experience by emailing or calling Brad Broman at 724.875.2386.




HIV in the News: 


Indiana's HIV Spike Prompts New Calls For Needle Exchanges Statewide



Shane Avery practices family medicine in Scott County, Ind. In December, a patient came to his office who was pregnant, and an injection drug user.


After running some routine tests, Avery found out that she was positive for HIV. She was the second case he had seen in just a few weeks. 


Read rest of story here 




When HIV Infects the Brain


Just over 30 years ago, an international group of scientists discovered the HIV virus. While much progress has been made since the early days of the epidemic (in terms of awareness, prevention, and treatment), HIV and AIDS remain a leading cause of death worldwide, and rank as the number one cause of death both in Africa and among women of reproductive age. A cure has yet to be found, though every so often headlines contain the word "hope."



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