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Pittsburgh, PA – Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force (PATF) is pleased to announce that Prevention Point Pittsburgh (PPP) is moving its Sunday site to PATF’s East Liberty office beginning on Sunday, April 2. The move will allow the two organizations to better coordinate HIV and hepatitis C prevention, identification, and treatment efforts among injection drug users in Pittsburgh and the surrounding region.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, cases of hepatitis C grew by more than 800 percent in southwestern Pennsylvania between 2003 and 2014, the latest year for which data is available. This rapid growth is largely due to more effective testing initiatives and the opioid epidemic gripping the region and the practice of sharing needles among injection drug users. Though the region has not seen a surge in HIV infections among this group, the widespread opioid epidemic creates a heightened risk for an outbreak of the virus.

Working through a partnership, Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force and Prevention Point Pittsburgh work to prevent new HIV and hepatitis C infections, identify existing infections, and provide treatment when needed. Since 2010, PATF has provided free HIV testing—along with hepatitis C and STI screening when PATF added them to its services—at PPP’s site in Oakland.

“The programs Prevention Point Pittsburgh offers—including needle exchange, case management, drug treatment, and risk reduction counseling—are an essential component to ending the HIV and hepatitis C epidemics in southwestern Pennsylvania,” said Jason Herring, PATF’s Community Health Director. “By moving their Sunday site to PATF, PPP’s clients will be able to more easily access our complimentary services including HIV, STI, and hepatitis C testing and medical care at PATF’s new health clinic.”

PPP will begin operating at PATF on Sundays beginning April 2 from 12-3pm. Until then, free syringes, works, naloxone, wound care, and HIV and hepatitis C testing will continue to be available from 12-3pm every Sunday at 3441 Forbes Avenue.

About PATF
As the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in southwestern Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force (PATF) is dedicated to supporting and empowering all individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and to be relentless in preventing the spread of infection. Combining vital social services with a new medical clinic, PATF continues its three decade history of leadership in providing comprehensive support that improves the health and quality of life for those living with HIV/AIDS in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland counties. For information, please contact PATF at 412-345-0592, aptaschinski@patf.org or visit www.patf.org.

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Clinic Hours:
Mon - Fri: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Call 412-248-0550 to make an appointment

 

Testing Hours:
Sun: Noon – 3:30 p.m.
Mon-Tue, Thu - Fri: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wed: 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
No appointment necessary

 

Food Pantry Hours*:
Sun: Noon-4:00 p.m.
Mon, Tues, Thu: Noon-4:00 p.m.
Wed: 3:00-7:00 p.m.

 

The food pantry is closed on Fridays and Saturdays.

 

*Clients may use the food pantry once per month; Clients who are overdue for their 90-day updates will not be able to use the Food Pantry on Wednesday after 4 p.m., or on Sundays

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