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Wheatley visits PATF for his annual press conference
Oladoyin Desalu, Executive Director of the AIDS Coalition of
Southwestern PA, Andre Scott, Legal Assistant to Rep. Ed Gainey,
Rep. Jake Wheatly, Dr. Albertha Graham-Ellison, Vice President of
Educating Teens about HIV/AIDS, Dr. Charles Christen, Executive
Director of PATF, and Karen Battle, PATF Outreach Coordinator.
Task Force hosted a press conference with Rep. Jake Wheatley at
the PATF offices in East Liberty in observance of National Black
HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Friday, Feb 7. Rep. Wheatley announced
the passage of a House Resolution recognizing February 7 as
"National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day" in Pennsylvania and,
along with a panel of representatives from regional HIV/AIDS
agencies and state government, discussed the continuing health
disparities facing the Black community and what we are doing to
address those disparities.
took advantage of his time at our offices by getting a free 20 minute
HIV test, setting an example for others.
tester Alan Jones and Rep. Jake Wheately
You are invited to the
Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force
28th Annual Benefit
Join us for the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force 28th Annual
Benefit Thursday, March 27th as the historic Twentieth Century Club in
Oakland is transported back to the jazz age.
Guests will enjoy a night of cabaret style entertainment,
speakeasy influenced cocktails, gaming tables, and a chance to win
This year's event features the extraordinarily talented
Johnny Rodgers, an internationally-celebrated singer-songwriter,
pianist, Broadway star, and recording artist, along with his
Proceeds benefit Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, the
region's oldest and largest AIDS service organization.
Buy your tickets
today at www.patf.org
AIDS Task Force announces staff updates
Maria C. Philips,
a former Medical Case Manager with PATF, was promoted to Director of
Client Services. Philips graduated from the University of Pittsburgh
with a Masters Degree in Social Work. Philips previously worked for
the agency in 2003 as the Coordinator of Supportive Services and then
again as the Adherence Specialist until 2005 and previously worked at
Three Rivers Center for Independent Living and ReMed Brain Injury
Rehabilitation. She resides in Sharpsburg, PA.
Nicole Baer, a
former Medical Case Manager and Housing Coordinator with PATF, was
transitioned to Rural Medical Case Manager for the northern counties
in the 11 county region served by PATF. Originally from Williamsport,
PA Baer now resides in Pittsburgh and is pursuing her Masters Degree
in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh.
Gregg Higgins was
hired as a Medical Case Manager. Higgins earned his Bachelors of
Science in Social Work from Marshall University and previously worked
as a case manager for at-risk youth. Higgins lives in Highland Park.
was hired as a Medical Case Manager. O'Neil studied molecular biology
at Clarion University of Pennsylvania and previously worked at the
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in the department of cell
biology. Originally from Philadelphia, Higgins now resides in
Congratulations and welcome!!
in the News:
No-one with an undetectable viral
load, gay or heterosexual, transmits HIV in first two years of PARTNER
The second large
study to look at whether people with HIV become non-infectious if they
are on antiretroviral therapy (ART) has found no cases where someone
with a viral load under 200 copies/ml transmitted HIV, either by anal
or vaginal sex.
analysis shows that the maximum likely chance of transmission via anal
sex from someone on successful HIV treatment was 1% a year for any
anal sex and 4% for anal sex with ejaculation where the HIV-negative
partner was receptive; but the true likelihood is probably much nearer
to zero than this.
When asked what
the study tells us about the chance of someone with an undetectable
viral load transmitting HIV, presenter Alison Rodger said:
"Our best estimate is it's zero."
Read rest of story here
Public Health analysis challenges assumptions about bisexual men and
The number of HIV
positive men who have sex with both men and women is likely no higher
than the number of HIV positive heterosexual men, according to a
U.S.-based analysis by University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of
Public Health researchers. The finding challenges a popular assumption
that bisexual men are responsible for significant HIV transmission to
their female partners.
which will be presented at the American Public Health Association's
141st Annual Meeting & Exposition in Boston, builds a case for
federal investment in research on HIV prevalence among bisexually