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Annual PATF East End Community Health Fair a resounding success!
Network and the Positive Health Clinic presented the Pittsburgh AIDS
Task Force 4th Annual East End Community Health Fair this
past Friday, June 27th. The community and community vendors
turned out to make this the most successful health fair yet in
commemorating National HIV Testing Day!
people took advantage of free health screenings and information,
games, music, free giveaways, and a food truck round up!
The final numbers
are not yet in, but PATF did approximately 34 HIV tests, 10 HEP C
tests, over 20 STD tests and reached hundreds of people with HIV/STD
prevention messages during the health fair. PATF also tested 52 Mt.
Ararat Baptist Church congregation members on Sunday, June 22, for
National HIV Testing Day.
Thank you to
everyone who participated in making this such an amazing event and a
very successful National HIV Testing Day!
Check out our Facebook page for
pictures of all the fun.
One of the many
services that the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force provides for the
community is the Pro Bono Legal Network, which focuses on giving those
living with HIV and AIDS legal advice and assistance. Our pro
bono Attorney Network help clients with an assortment of
legal issues. From wills, estate planning, and powers of attorney, to
civil actions and immigration cases, the PATF legal volunteer network
strives to provide assistance to those in need.
Matt Ometz, the
Legal Network Coordinator, works directly with clients to assist with
basic legal questions and match clients with attorneys. Matt has been
helping connect clients and attorneys since 1997, and was able to
assist a total of 486 people
last year alone!
When asked why it
is important for PATF clients to take advantage of the legal
network, he explained that, "The legal system is complicated, and
when you're dealing with HIV, our attorneys are more sensitive to the
issues surrounding HIV and other issues that clients deal with on a
regular basis. It's critical that the client can connect with someone
who is compassionate and sensitive to those issues."
PATF helps an
increasing number of clients with legal issues every year and is in
need of growing our Pro Bono Legal Network with new legal volunteers.
Volunteer participation is essential to the legal program, which means
the more legal volunteers we have, the more PATF patrons we can help!
If you are a
client in need of legal advice or assistance, or an attorney
who would like to volunteer, please contact Matt Ometz at
412-345-0589 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
gears up for 2014 Healing Weekend.
Weekend is a retreat for HIV-positive people and those that love them.
The event is held every year in a peaceful, supportive space, in order
to share experiences and learn from each other about striving to live
years ago as a way to strengthen the HIV-positive community
against the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS, PATF is honored and
proud to continue the Healing Weekend tradition.
information on attending the 22nd Annual Healing Weekend please contact
Maria C. Philips at email@example.com or 412-345-0574.
in the News:
Federal Funding for HIV/AIDS: The President's FY 2015
Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 federal budget request, released on March 4,
2014, includes an estimated $30.4 billion for combined domestic and
global HIV efforts.Domestic HIV is funded at $24.2 billion and global
at $6.2 billion in the request. The FY 2015 request represents a 2.3%
increase ($685 million) over FY 2014 levels, which totaled $29.7
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living with HIV face 'crisis' as they age, study shows
A crisis looms
for people aging with HIV because of complex medical and social needs
that go unmet, new research from St. Michael's Hospital shows.
antiretroviral drugs, people with the human immunodeficiency virus can
live into their 70s, but many age faster than they should and
encounter additional health problems, social isolation, stigma and
unemployment, according to a paper published in the July issue of the
journal Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS.
almost living normal lifespans, but not everyone is thriving,"
warned lead author Sean Rourke, a neuropsychologist who heads the
Neurobehavioural Research Unit at the hospital.