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to continue successful Lost-to-Care Program
numbers are in and Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force's Lost-to-Care Program
was a resounding success.
In the past few
years, thanks to a couple landmark studies, the focus of HIV
prevention has shifted to HIV treatment. We know that out of the
people who are diagnosed with HIV, only around 25% of them stay in
treatment long enough so that the amount of virus in their body
becomes so low it is considered undetectable or suppressed. We also
know that an HIV-positive person who has the virus suppressed is
extremely less likely to spread the virus to others.
of HIV treatment and prevention put the spotlight on how well we are
engaging those living with the virus in the continuum of services:
testing, care, and effective treatment. Treatment as prevention allows
us focus on identifying why people stop treatment and what we can do
to keep them receiving the medical care needed to suppress their HIV.
PATF's commitment to finding new infections and linking them to care
made us an ideal candidate to participate in the regional Lost-to-Care
PATF's Lost-to-Care Program identified and reached approximately 100
individuals who were not currently participating in treatment for
their HIV infection. Nearly all participants who were contacted
were assisted with attending one or more medical appointment as well
as receiving extensive help with any barriers to care such as gaining
insurance coverage and coordinating transportation. 61% of
participants were African-American, 50% were men who sex with men
(MSM), and 4% identified as transgender.
majority of participants who attended three or more medical
appointments while in the program were able to achieve undetectable
With the success
of the program, and funding for the program ending in 2014, PATF has
made continuing this program its top priority. Our Lost-to-Care
Program has expanded from one staff member to three.
continue finding those infected with HIV in our communities and
getting them the care they need to be healthier, happier, and less
likely to spread the virus to others.
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presents its signature fundraising event
Task Force's 29th Annual Benefit will take place Thursday, March 26 at
J. Verno Studios in Pittsburgh's South Side. Co-chaired by sisters
Barbara Richey Chait (Giant Eagle) and Clare Meehan (Alphagraphics),
the event features an enhanced VIP experience with Emmy-nominated Chef
Bob Sendall of All in Good Taste Productions with Chef Chris
Cunningham at 6:00PM followed by Elite Show Band at 7:30PM and the
presentation of PATF's signature Kerry Stoner Award to Stuart Fisk
with Allegheny Health Network's Positive Health Clinic.
Tickets for the benefit are $125 and tickets for the VIP reception, including
admission to the Annual Benefit, are $325. Tickets can be purchased at www.patf.org
or by calling Emma McAfee at 412-345-0593.
Chef Bob Sendall with Chef Chris Cunningham will be entertaining and
satisfying guests with a live cooking demonstration featuring some of
Bob's most delicious creations, cooked up exclusively for our VIP
guests. Elite Show Band will kick off the evening at 7:30 with great
music while guests enjoy custom cocktails and delicious hors d'oeuvres
from All in Good Taste Productions.
The evening will
also feature the presentation of PATF's signature award, the Kerry Stoner
Award, to Stuart Fisk for his dedication to our mission over the
guests are expected to attend this special evening. Last year was the
largest and most successful benefit in PATF's 30-year history and we
look forward to an equally dazzling night of food, friends, and fun!
The event will
be tastefully decorated by Thomas G. Bedger and Jeffrey C. Pierce
of Toadflax in Shadyside.
include our premier
sponsor Giant Eagle, Inc., Allegheny Health Network,
Pittsburgh Magazine, Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS, PNC Bank,
First Niagara Bank, and Quest Diagnostics.
Proceeds benefit the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, the
region's oldest and largest AIDS service organization.
If you are unable to attend the event, but would like to support the
mission of PATF, you can make a tax deductible donation online
us welcome new staff!
Originally from Erie, PA, Dalen
Hooks received his associate degree in business and
hospitality management from the Pittsburgh Technical Institute. Dalen
joins our team as HIV
Prevention Specialist and peer mentor for our
Florack, new to the Pittsburgh area, brings with her years of
experience working with homeless populations in Seattle, WA and St.
Louis, MO. Katie grew up in the Chicago suburbs and graduated
from the University of Notre Dame. She began her career in social
services while earning her master's degree in social work from
Washington University in St. Louis. There, Katie worked at Covenant
House, a homeless shelter for youth. She then spent two years in
Seattle housing women with severe mental illness . She is very
excited to join the PATF team as Housing / Medical Case Manager.
moved to Pittsburgh in 2009 from Sharon, PA. Daniel received his
Nurses Aide license from the Pittsburgh Job Corps' Health Occupations
Program and attended the Community College of Allegheny County for
early childhood education. Daniel is happy to join us part-time as Peer Mentor
for our #standOUTpgh campaign!
to the family!
in the News:
HIV cases in 2014 breach 6,000 mark
a government campaign against human immunodeficiency virus (HIV),
the Department of Health (DOH) said the new cases of the dreaded
disease in 2014 soared to 6,011.
This number is
significantly higher compared with the 4,814 new cases recorded in
2013 and 3,338 cases in 2012.
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Finds HIV Drugs Priced Out of Reach
Drugs to treat
HIV and AIDS are being priced out of reach for many patients enrolled
in insurance plans through the new health care exchanges, despite
warnings that such practices are illegal under the Obama
administration's health care law, according to a new analysis by