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AIDS Task Force events, accomplishments and programs, as well as
national and international HIV/AIDS information.
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Barton, Marketing Coordinator / AmeriCorps Public Allies Member
Barton was hired as Marketing Coordinator through AmeriCorps Public
Allies. Barton recently graduated from Temple University with
her Bachelor's degree in Social Work. She previously worked as a
social worker at Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia, and
has several years experience working with individuals living with
chronic illnesses. Originally from Philadelphia, Barton now
resides in Pittsburgh, PA. Send an email
Buehler, Development Associate
was hired as Development Associate. Buehler recently completed the
Public Health Master's Program at the University of Pittsburgh
Graduate School of Public Health, with a concentration in Behavioral
and Community Health Sciences. He has previously worked for
Planned Parenthood, and has also been involved in various research
studies pertaining to HIV and the LGBTQ community. Send an email
Glackin, IT Operations Specialist
was hired as IT Operations Specialist. Glackin is an alumni of Indiana
University of Pennsylvania, and has been working in the IT field for
the last 25 years. Glackin was a part of the Pittsburgh AIDS Task
Force for 13 years prior to his recent return. After residing in
Lansdale, PA for a year, Glackin has returned to his hometown of
Pittsburgh, PA. Send an email
McClain, HIV Prevention Specialist / standOUTpgh Program Coordinator
Julian McClain-Hubbard was hired as an HIV Prevention Specialist.
McClain-Hubbard attended Robert Morris University and graduated with a
degree in Marketing. McClain-Hubbard is a Pittsburgh native,
originally from Penn Hills. Send an email
Scheffer, Volunteer Coordinator / AmeriCorps Member
Claire Scheffer was hired as Volunteer Coordinator through AmeriCorps
Pittsburgh Health Corps. Scheffer recently graduated with a
Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Willamette University.
Send an email
Tate, Girl Talk Project Coordinator
Leatra Tate was
hired as Girl Talk Project Coordinator. Tate received her Master's
degree from Point Park University in Clinical-Community
Psychology. She is presently pursuing her Ph.D. in Community
Engagement at Point Park University. Originally from Erie, Tate
now lives in Pittsburgh, PA. Send an email
Please join us in welcoming them all!!
When pigtails adorned with bows and creating an extravagant metropolis
for Ken and Barbie becomes a distant memory, and the reality of life
outside the comfort of mom and dads embrace sets in, girls are faced
with a multitude of questions about becoming a young woman. Questions
such as: When will I find a partner? Am I ready for sex? How can I
ensure that I am protected against STI's and pregnancy? Is this
relationship healthy? And the fact of the matter is, not
all young women feel comfortable asking these questions to the female
role models in their lives for fear of judgment, or merely out of
where PATF comes in!
offers two programs specifically designed to address the issues of
HIV/AIDS education, domestic violence, and sex education, while also
offering various referrals and resources for issues or topics out of
our scope! The especially neat aspect of these
programs are their design. The Girlfriends Project and Girl Talk
parties mirror the structure of a Tupperware Party, where young ladies
host the events and are encouraged to invite their young
female friends to get in on the fun.
Tate, the Girl Talk Project Coordinator, and Claire Scheffer, the
Volunteer Coordinator, are the two primary staff members conducting
these parties for the young women in our community. When asked what
typically happens at a Girlfriends Project party or Girl Talk party,
Claire stated the following:
[Girl Talk and Girlfriends Project] parties, we talk with small groups
of girls about HIV/STD prevention, puberty [and] reproductive health,
and having healthy relationships. This is done through open discussion
on issues relevant to the girls, male and female condom
demonstrations, and completion of worksheets. HIV/STD testing is also
performed at the request of the host or agency giving the party. The
girls are given a backpack with information on getting tested, various
condoms of all shapes, sizes, colors, flavors, and materials, and a
journal in order to continue writing how she feels on the subject of
sex and relationships."
is a great opportunity for your child, niece, cousin, friend -
whomever! - to get their questions answered about safe sex and risk
If you are interested in hosting either a Girlfriends Party or a Girl
Talk Party, please call us at 412-345-7456 ext. 576 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
the updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy means for Black America
a long way in the fight against AIDS, and we can't let up now,"
said President Obama.
President Barack Obama made history by releasing the first National
HIV/AIDS Strategy to provide a blueprint for the U.S. response to the
HIV/AIDS epidemic. Now, five years later, the White House has released
an update to the strategy, taking special care to address the unique
needs of the Black community.
Health Organization Pushes Earlier Use of HIV Treatment
The World Health
Organization said that anyone infected with the AIDS virus should
start receiving treatment as soon as possible, bringing its guidelines
into line with recent studies that have found multiple benefits from
The new WHO guidelines,
released Wednesday, mean that all 37 million people infected with HIV
globally should be on antiretroviral drugs, rather than 28 million who
qualified under the United Nations' public-health agency's earlier