New Pittsburgh Courier (01.18.11) - Friday, February 17, 2012
With its three unique HIV prevention programs targeting
African Americans, the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force (PATF) has
reached thousands of people and received national recognition
for its work.
Four years ago, PATF collaborated with the Persad Center, a
local AIDS service organization focused on the LGBT community;
the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health;
and the Pitt Men's Study to create "M2M," a prevention program
aimed at young gay black men. With input from the community,
M2M teaches men how to protect themselves and others.
Since 2009, the "Girlfriends Project" at PATF has provided HIV
risk-reduction services to more than 300 African-American
women. Coordinator Lisa Dukes and Assistant Outreach Liaison
Pamela Smith train peers to host informal, in-home health
education parties that address topics like testing, domestic
violence, counseling, referrals, and resources. The program
was recently acknowledged at the US Conference on AIDS in
"Girl Talk Project," a spinoff of the Girlfriends Project, was
launched by PATF in spring 2011. Its goals are similar, but
the main difference is that teens ages 13-18 host the parties
and their parents or caregivers can attend; Girl Talk
Coordinator Tiffani Thompson facilitates the conversations.
The events feature guest speakers on a variety of topics,
including personal perspectives on sexuality and sexual
orientation and how to prevent HIV and other STDs.
For more information about PATF's programming, telephone 412-
345-0596 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.