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Subject: Volunteer and Staff Recognition Photos! PATF e-Perspectives June Edition



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        Issue 28/
June 2013







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Dear Jason,


Welcome to e-Perspectives, a monthly e-newsletter that highlights current and upcoming Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force events, accomplishments and programs, as well as national and international HIV/AIDS information.  Through e-Perspectives, we keep you posted on all that PATF does to improve the health and quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS in southwestern Pennsylvania. A sincere thank-you for your support and interest in PATF. 

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The 20th Anniversary of Kerry Stoner's Death 



Kerry Stoner


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.






PATF Patchwork


Please 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.


The Patchwork will be unveiled during World AIDS Day and publically displayed, showing our communities combined commitment in the fight against HIV.


Click here for to sponsor square!







Click here to see photographs from our 2012-2013 Volunteer and Staff Recognition.






News story: 


HIV Infection Rates Soar Among Poor Heterosexuals In U.S. Cities: Report


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


Vaginal 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.



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