PATF has a busy October with our medical clinic ribbon cutting, meet and greet with Alan Cumming and happy hour at Scratch!
PATF e-Perspectives
Issue 63/ October 2016
Come see our new medical clinic at a special ribbon cutting ceremony on October 25!
With the completion of an extensive renovation of our East Liberty office, PATF is excited to be opening a new medical clinic! Please join us at a special ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, October 25 from 4-6pm featuring remarks from PATF Board President Brian Balonick, Mayor Bill Peduto, Congressman Mike Doyle and a special message from Governor Tom Wolf. We'll have hors d'oeuvres from The Livermore, Point Brugge and Social, beer from East End Brewing, and coffee and tea from Adda! RSVP to Patrick Buehler by clicking on the invite above or calling 412-345-0593. We can't wait to celebrate with you!
Meet Alan Cumming at PATF's Exclusive 
Meet & Mingle, October 14

Join Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force for an exclusive Meet & Mingle with Alan Cumming following his performance on October 14. To purchase your tickets in the Gallery and be part of the PATF Meet & Mingle with Alan Cumming, please call the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Group Sales office at 412-471-6930 and mention PATF. 
 
If you have already purchased tickets but would still like to participate in the Meet & Mingle, please contact the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Group Sales and mention this invitation from PATF (while space is available). 
 
**Please note that the Meet & Mingle is limited to 50 people and reservations will be on a first come, first served basis.  
Join us for drinks at Scratch Food & Beverage 
to support PATF, October 26

Come have a drink with us and support PATF on October 26 at Scratch Food & Beverage! During happy hour, 5-7 pm, proceeds from a signature cocktail will go toward helping us support those living with HIV and stopping the spread of the virus. There'll be trivia and a special performance that will be announced on our Facebook and Twitter pages!
Thanks to all who came to The Bacchanal!

We had a great time at The Bacchanal in September! Pictured are performers Ma Dame Sarcasma (top), Akaisha (middle left), Crystal Powers (middle right) and Orchid Bloomfield (bottom). Photography by Michael Ryan White. See more images here!
PATF in the news
Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force hires new medical director

Health-care access for people living with HIV can be daunting. Regional medical providers have recently made efforts to connect directly with these patients, particularly those in the LGBT and black communities, but stigmas associated with HIV still exists. In order to break down those barriers, Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force hired Dr. Sarah McBeth, who will provide health-care services at PATF's office in East Liberty.  
 
Health-care access for those living with HIV has been difficult. Now that the task force has a medical director, do you see access improving?
 
We are hoping so. A lot of Pittsburgh's HIV epidemic is among people who are hard to reach. If people are accessing the facilities here at PATF, whether they're seeing their case manager or using the food bank, and if we know that person isn't in care, then we want to grab that person and say, "Let's get your numbers checked. Have you talked to the doctor?" ... In addition to having infectious-disease training, I'm trained in internal medicine, so I can function as a primary-care physician for adults. People who may not feel comfortable going elsewhere, we can take care of all their health-care needs here.

Read the full story in the Pittsburgh City Paper.
Join the conversation on social media with us!
Help us celebrate the opening of our clinic by using the hashtag #PATFclinic!
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