From:                              Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force []

Sent:                               Monday, December 01, 2014 9:09 AM

To:                                   Jason Herring

Subject:                          Today is World AIDS Day



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        Issue 44/
December 2014







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Experience the Galaxy Ball! A World AIDS Day Event.




In honor of World AIDS Day, PATF and True T Entertainment bring you the Second Annual Honors Ball, Galaxy II. Last year, the event drew about 250 people along with participants from as far away as DC competing for awards, accolades, and prizes.


You do not want to miss this event. If you've never experienced a vogue house ball event, they are a feast for the senses. Proceeds from this event benefit the minority populations that make up the house ball community.


Come out and experience the galactic energy of music, fashion, and dance as performers compete for their share of $3,000 in prize money. This event will be a sensory feast on a cosmic scale.


Where:      The Wyndham Hotel in Oakland

When:        December 6, 2014

Time:         8 PM - 2 AM


For more information or sponsorship opportunities, call
412-345-0587 or 412-867-9586 or email


Tickets on sale now!






On #GivingTuesday, let's focus on the positive: happier, healthier people make happier, healthier communities.



Each year, PATF conducts more than 2,000 free and anonymous HIV tests, linking newly diagnosed individuals to the care and essential services needed to stay healthy, happy, and less likely to transmit the virus to others.


By focusing on finding new infections, re-engaging those infected who have been lost to care, and helping our nearly 700 clients get the care they need, PATF is helping bring down the rate of new infections in our community.


By finding and supporting those infected with HIV, we are preventing new infections and
we can't continue this without your support.


 Show your support by donating today and help us

Focus on the Positive






 (Pittsburgh)RED is a consortium of regional HIV/AIDS corporations and organizations coming together to raise awareness surrounding the disease and its effects on our region.


This is the 6th year that (Pittsburgh)RED has organized World AIDS Day events. Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force is proud to be a part of this initiative and encourages everyone to wear red or a red ribbon the week of December 1, 2014 to show support.


HIV/AIDS is still an epidemic and we are still fighting. Come out to World AIDS Day events and show your support:


Check out for a list of events.





HIV in the News: 


HIV: Earlier Therapy May Be Better


Starting antiretroviral therapy (ART) within 12 months of the estimated dates of seroconversion (EDS) in patients infected with HIV may help more patients achieve normalization of CD4+ T-cells than starting HIV based on T-cell count alone, according to an article published online November 24 in JAMA Internal Medicine.


Read rest of story here 


Join the White House 2014 World AIDS Day Event Live Broadcast on December 1


Every year on December 1st, we commemorate World AIDS Day and re-commit to addressing HIV/AIDS, a disease that affects approximately 35 million people worldwide.


The White House will honor this worldwide observance on Monday, December 1, with an important World AIDS Day event focusing on this year's Federal theme, "Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-Free Generation."



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