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Presents the 21st Anniversary of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Healing
PATF presents the
21st Anniversary of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Healing Weekend Sept
6-8, 2013. The annual event is a retreat designed to offer a weekend
of support, friendship, education, and fun for HIV positive
individuals and those that love them.
weekend includes workshops by local individuals and organizations
designed to share experiences in a supportive environment. The
Healing Weekend brings the community together to combat the
stigma associated with HIV/AIDS and support individuals in living fuller,
more productive lives.
The event is
co-chaired by Diane Byas and PATF Executive Director Charles Christen.
Partners with Pitt
Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force has partnered with Student
Health Services at the University of Pittsburgh to provide free safer
sex products and information to students. The products,
including condoms and information on sexually transmitted disease prevention
and testing, will be distributed by request through student
Nationwide, over 1,000
13-24-year-olds become infected with HIV per month, making this group
one of the fasting rising rates of infection. Over 60 percent of these
young people do not know that they are infected and are therefore more
likely to infect others.
PATF has made great strides in reaching at risk youth
through its M2M and Girl Talk programs and will greatly increase that
reach with this new partnership. The partnership began August 26th and will include an on-campus free HIV testing event in
November along with ongoing condom distribution.
Attend the U.S. Conference on AIDS
Arnold and John Easter will represent PATF at the U.S. Conference
on AIDS on Sept 8-11, 2013, in New Orleans. The conference, the
largest AIDS-related gathering in the US, brings together thousands of
workers from the front line of the battle to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic
to strengthen the community-based response to the epidemic through
education, training, and collaboration.
represent PATF's M2M program that reaches out to men who have sex with
men with safe sex and drug and alcohol counseling. The highly
successful program is one of the cornerstones of PATF's prevention
efforts in the region.
attend as a part of PATF's Lost to Care initiative which seeks
out HIV positive individuals not in care and helps them
get back on medications, making them healthier and less likely to
infect others. Arnold has one of the highest success rates in the
state of Pennsylvania for bringing HIV positive people back in to
in the News:
Facebook peer groups may be useful
for HIV education
Sept 3, 2013 NEW YORK (Reuters
Health) - Groups on the popular networking site Facebook may help
educate men about HIV prevention and testing, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that
specially-created Facebook social media groups helped encourage men
who have sex with men to reach out for information about testing
themselves at home for HIV.
Read rest of story here
is essential to treat pediatric AIDS in the elimination agenda
Scott Kellerman and colleagues argue
that the scope of the current HIV elimination agenda must be broadened
in order to ensure access to care and treatment for all children
living with HIV.
In 2011, despite the global
initiative to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV, 330,000
new pediatric infections were added worldwide to the existing pool of
3.4 million children living with the virus.