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        Issue 37/
March 2014







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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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Rep. Jake Wheatley visits PATF for his annual press conference 


Dr. 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.


Pittsburgh AIDS 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. 


Rep. Wheatley took advantage of his time at our offices by getting a free 20 minute HIV test, setting an example for others.


PATF 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 exciting prizes.


This year's event features the extraordinarily talented Johnny Rodgers, an internationally-celebrated singer-songwriter, pianist, Broadway star, and recording artist, along with his supporting band.  


Proceeds benefit Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, the region's oldest and largest AIDS service organization. 


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Pittsburgh 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.


Shakira O'Neil 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 McKeesport, PA.


Congratulations and welcome!! 





HIV in the News: 


No-one with an undetectable viral load, gay or heterosexual, transmits HIV in first two years of PARTNER study


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.


Statistical 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 


Pitt Public Health analysis challenges assumptions about bisexual men and HIV transmission


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.


The research, 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 behaving men.



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