This month, join us for our annual meeting, meet our new staff,
and read about HIV in the news
PATF e-Perspectives
Issue 58/ May 2016
Join us for our Annual Meeting on May 16
You're invited to join us for our annual meeting at the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force's offices. Come to hear about the exciting changes in store for the year ahead!
Meet the newest additions to the PATF team
Jim Tranchine, Chief Financial Officer
 
J im brings over 30 years of experience to the Chief Financial Officer role at PATF. Most recently, he served as the CFO for the Community Health Clinic Inc. in Westmorland County. A graduate of Duquesne University, Jim has been recognized as the Best of the Best in his Business Sector.
Mary Bockovich, Director of Development
 
Mary is beginning her second tenure as the Director of Development for PATF, having previously served in this capacity from 2004 to 2011. A graduate of Duquesne University, Mary has more than 20 years of nonprofit and fund development experience. Most recently, she was the Director of Development and Marketing at Familylinks.
Mark Marsen, Human Resources Director
 
Mark brings a wealth of HR experience from the corporate, healthcare and entertainment services sectors to his role at PATF. He holds a bachelor's from Duquesne and a master's from La Roche College. Mark also serves as the HR Manager for Pediatrics South, a position he has held since 2001.
Megan Highland, Medical Case Manager
 
Megan received her Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh in April 2015. She brings internship experience to her role at PATF from FOCUS Pittsburgh, Positive Health Clinic, and Northwest Pennsylvania Rural AIDS Alliance.
Andrew Ptaschinski, Communications Coordinator
 
A graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Andy has spent the last three years at a public relations firm in New York City. Among his clients were the LGBT Community Center in New York and Visual AIDS, an organization preserving the artistic legacy of artists with HIV/AIDS and dedicated to using art to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS.
HIV in the news
People who are HIV-positive may be aging faster than their peers

Having HIV - or getting treatment for it - speeds up the aging process by about five years, on average, scientists report in a new study.
  The findings, published in the journal Molecular Cell, fit with what doctors have seen in clinics: HIV-positive people tend to get hit earlier in life with age-related diseases, such as osteoporosis, heart disease and dementia.
Read the full story from NPR here.
Only 40 percent of American HIV patients get the care they need

Today, HIV is a chronic condition rather than a death sentence, but the stigma people living with HIV face is very, very real. It appears in individual and insidious ways. Stigma is also present in policies or programs that affect thousands of people-like the use of criminal law to penalize same-sex sexual behavior or alleged, perceived or potential HIV exposure.
  Whether insidious or in-your-face, stigma affects people's lives. It discourages people from getting tested for HIV, sharing their HIV positive status with loved ones, and seeking care and sticking to treatment. These experiences are not few and far between. As of 2011, in the U.S. only about 40 percent of people living with HIV are receiving the medical care they need to stay healthy, and reduce the risk of onward transmission of HIV. Stigma contributes to this statistic.
Read the full story from The Daily Beast here.
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Questions or comments about e-Perspectives? Please contact editor Andrew Ptaschinski at aptashinski@patf.org .