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Alan Jones talks with NPR's Essential Pittsburgh
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
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,
"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.
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!
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 DirtyCabaret15@gmail.com
or calling Brad Broman at 724.875.2386.
in the News:
HIV Spike Prompts New Calls For Needle Exchanges Statewide
practices family medicine in Scott County, Ind. In December, a patient
came to his office who was pregnant, and an injection drug user.
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
HIV Infects the Brain
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."