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Experts Address State of HIV/AIDS Care in the Region Following Landmark Assessment Showing Widening Gaps in Social Services
Date:11/25/2008

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Medical and social service officials convened today at a briefing hosted by the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force (PATF) to discuss the results, implications and recommendations of the Southwestern PA Regional HIV/AIDS Needs Assessment study. The region's top HIV/AIDS experts in attendance who provided insight and perspective on the impact of the assessment's findings included:

    -- Kathi Boyle, Executive Director of Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force
    -- Dr. Susan Hunt of the Pittsburgh AIDS Center for Treatment at UPMC
    -- Dr. Linda Frank of the PA/Mid-Atlantic AIDS Education and Training
       Center
    -- Dr. Jessica Griffin Burke, Assistant Professor, Department of
       Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, Graduate School of Public
       Health, University of Pittsburgh
    -- Dr. Craig Fryer, Assistant Professor, Department of Behavioral and
       Community Health Sciences, Assistant Director and Center for Minority
       Health, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh
    -- City of Pittsburgh Councilwoman Tonya Payne.

The goal of this first comprehensive Southwestern PA HIV/AIDS Needs Assessment was to determine how to better support the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS in the region. This assessment process included reviews of other local relevant studies, administered surveys, and in-depth interviews with people living with HIV. The assessment included input from 320 HIV positive people in 12 counties of Southwestern PA.

Conducted by the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health and commissioned by PATF, the results of the first Needs Assessment Study of its kind highlights progress that has been made locally in the medical treatment of HIV/AIDS, but also identifies a widening of specific service gaps, barriers and unmet needs of those who are now living longer with the virus. According
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