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The Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force Celebrates 30 Years

It was a beautiful night in the neighborhood at WQED in Oakland on Thursday as hundreds of guests mixed and mingled to celebrate Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force’s 30th anniversary. “Being a part of the LGBTQ community, we recognize that HIV is not being taken seriously as it deserves to be,” said event co-chair Romi Conaboy. “We are in Fred Rogers’ house,” added Deb Acklin, event co-chair and CEO of WQED. “He personified compassion and we need more of that. That’s why we are here tonight.” The event honored Dr. Anthony Silvestre, who since 1984 has been involved in LGBTQ health and HIV prevention services and research. “People don’t realize that this disease is still tragically affecting many, with young black gay kids at a rate in Pittsburgh as high as in some developing nations. Those who are marginalized by race, age and sexual orientation are not on anyone’s agenda and are often left out of the health care system. This is where PATF comes in to try and fill those gaps and get treatment to those who need it,” said Dr. Silvestre, who attended with partner Michael Sutherland.


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