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20th Anniversary of Kerry Stoner's Death
June 2nd 2013 marks the 20th
anniversary of the death of Kerry Stoner, one of the founding members
of the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force.
In 1987, Stoner was hired as the
first executive director and led PATF's first benefit, titled
"Here's What Friend Are For," encapsulating the humble yet
powerful spirit that drove the work of PATF's earliest efforts. The
offering of case management, testing and counseling soon followed. A
food pantry was added in 1992 and later that year Stoner released a
statement that he had been diagnosed with AIDS two years earlier and
was stepping down from his position.
Kerry had become the face and the
voice of the epidemic in the Pittsburgh region and he worked
tirelessly talking to anyone who would listen about the disease and
its effects on the community. After his departure from PATF, Stoner
was honored for his dedication and passion when the Pittsburgh City
Council declared March 30, 1992 as "Kerry Stoner Day".
In 1993, Kerry Stoner died from
complications related to AIDS at his home in Highland Park surrounded
by his family and friends. Stoner was only 39-years-old.
His legacy of caring lives on today
through the many individuals that carry on the work of PATF, from
individual staff and volunteers to partner organizations and the
communities we serve. The spirit of Kerry Stoner's passion and
commitment to supporting and empowering those living with HIV/AIDS
permeates all that we do and will until we have won the fight, once
and for all, against this disease.
join us in supporting and empowering those living with HIV/AIDS by
adding your name, the names of loved ones, or a business name to the
PATF Patchwork for as low as $30.
Patchwork will be unveiled during World AIDS Day and publically
displayed, showing our communities combined commitment in the fight
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HIV Infection Rates Soar Among Poor Heterosexuals In U.S.
March 14 (Reuters) - Some 2.3 percent of 8,500 poor
heterosexuals living in cities with high rates of HIV infection tested
positive for the virus that causes AIDS, and nearly half of those who
were infected said they had never had an HIV test before the study,
U.S. health officials said on Thursday.
Read rest of story here
Microbicide Gel May Offer a Promising Strategy for Prevention and
Protection Against HIV Transmission
Dec. 6, 2012 - A new study shows
that a microbicide gel is highly effective in block infection by the
AIDS virus in a non-human primate model. In the paper published
December 6 in the Open Access journal PLOS Pathogens,
Dereuddre-Bosquet and colleagues from the European Combined Highly
Active Anti-Retroviral Microbicides (CHAARM) Consortium describe the
gel's key ingredient, which are small peptides engineered to present a
decoy to bind up the virus and prevent it from entering and infecting
the cells of the body. Because this is a gel it can be topically
applied and could represent a powerful preventative agent against
sexual transmission of HIV.