Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (03.31.12) - Monday, April 02, 2012
City Council member Corey O'Connor on Friday unveiled
legislation to create the Pittsburgh HIV/AIDS Commission. On
Tuesday, O'Connor plans to introduce his measure establishing
the commission to oversee a coordinated response and start a
fresh dialogue about the disease.
O'Connor's proposal would create a 30-member commission
comprising city and Allegheny County health officials,
residents living with HIV/AIDS and representatives of
business, academia, and treatment organizations. He said other
cities have similar commissions and noted the group could
provide new energy for grassroots outreach.
"It's a public health issue," said Council member Bill Peduto,
who attended Friday's announcement at the AIDS Task Force
offices in East Liberty. Some 3,000 people in the county are
known to have the disease; others, meanwhile, do not know they
are infected or have not sought treatment, said ATF Executive
Director Charles Christen.