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offers new STD testing service to the community
According to the
Pennsylvania Department of Health, southwestern Pennsylvania has the
second highest rate of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea infections in the
state, with Allegheny County accounting for the most sexually
transmitted disease (STD) cases in the region. Pittsburgh AIDS Task
Force (PATF) now offers free Chlamydia and Gonorrhea testing along
with its established HIV testing program.
People may be
infected with an STD and not show any symptoms, resulting in many of
these cases going undetected and untreated, leading to rising rates of
infection. Men and women who are sexually active,
especially young people ages 15 to 24, are at risk for
contracting these infections. The only way to know that you do not
have an STD is to get tested.
incredibly important for people to get tested," said PATF Executive
Director Charles Christen, "because even if you don't show
symptoms, you are still capable of spreading the disease to others
and, if left untreated, STDs can lead to major health issues including
Free STD testing
will be available at the PATF offices in East Liberty at 5913 Penn
Avenue six days a week as well as at all of its off-site testing
locations. Test results can be available as quickly as 24 hours after
a urine sample is submitted. Visit www.patf.org for a
full schedule of testing locations, days, and hours.
Catone, Director of Development
Task Force recently hired John Catone as Director of Development,
effective July 16, 2014. Catone will lead the agency in developing and
implementing its annual fundraising plans through donor and corporate
relations as well as expanding grant opportunities.
resident, Catone was born and raised in Swissvale, PA and brings with
him an extensive background in fund development and public relations
with non-profit and government entities as well as an intense
enthusiasm for the work that PATF does in the community.
"I am very
passionate about the mission of PATF", said Catone. "Having
seen firsthand how HIV/AIDS can affect the patient as well as their
family and loved ones, so I am driven to raise friends as well as
funds to support the good work of PATF."
Catone is a
graduate of Edinboro University with a bachelor's degree in library
science/education. He most recently served as the Director of
Development for Clarion University Foundation while providing
consulting services to non-profit organizations for more than 20
O. Fernandez, Receptionist
Equatorial Guinea, Veronica O. Fernandez, PATF's new receptionist, has
lived in Pittsburgh for seven years.
a Bachelors degree in marketing and business management from La Roche
College and is currently pursuing an MBA at DeVry University. Her
passion lies in public administration and social services and she
has an impressive resume of volunteer service prior to coming to
PATF. She also fills her time helping an organization that
takes care of orphans back in Equatorial Guinea.
Lowe, Food Pantry Coordinator
PATF's new food
pantry coordinator, Randi Lowe, was born and raised in western
Michigan and has lived in Pittsburgh for 24 years.
Lowe earned her
degree in human services and journalism from Grand Valley State
University and has worked many years in social services.
How is this for a
"throw back Thursday"? Taken in 2006, this PATF staff
portrait features two of our longest tenured staff members: Alan Jones
and Pamela Smith!
Back to front,
left to right: Bruce Harris, Richard Smith, Gloria Townsend, David
Brunner, Chris Solomon, Daphne Parker, Alan Jones, Pamela Smith, Edye
Lloyd, Lisa Dukes.
in the News:
black HIV epidemic: A public health mystery-and love story-from
Atlanta's gay community
ATLANTA - In the
early 2000s, a young researcher at the Centers for Disease Control
named Greg Millett set out to solve an epidemiological mystery. Nobody
could explain why black Americans, particularly black gay men, had
such high rates of HIV infection compared to the rest of the
population. How were they putting themselves in so much danger? What
were they doing differently from everyone else?
Read rest of story here
CDC HIV Testing Recommendations Offer Faster Diagnosis
The new approach
"capitalizes on the latest technology to improve diagnosis of
acute infection, the earliest stage of HIV infection when people are
most likely to transmit the virus," Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH,
director of the CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis,
STD, and TB Prevention, said in a statement.
Adopting the new
recommendations will lead to HIV diagnosis as much as 3 to 4 weeks
sooner than the previous testing approach, the CDC says.