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        Issue 40/
July 2014







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4th Annual PATF East End Community Health Fair a resounding success!



Allegheny Health 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!


Hundreds of 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.



PATF Spotlight:  





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

Matt Ometz

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



PATF gears up for 2014 Healing Weekend.



The Healing 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 healthier lives.


Conceived 22 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.


For more information on attending the 22nd Annual Healing Weekend please contact Maria C. Philips at or 412-345-0574.




HIV in the News: 


U.S. Federal Funding for HIV/AIDS: The President's FY 2015 Budget Request 



President Obama's 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 billion. 


Read rest of story here 


People 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.


Thanks to 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.


"People are 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.




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