Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force (PATF) unveiled a $1 million renovation of their 14,000-square-foot facility which includes a new medical clinic, expansion of the food pantry, and the addition of an on-site pharmacist, behavioral health offices and meeting rooms.
The new medical clinic at the East Liberty facility offers “a new model for integrative care,” says Andrew Ptaschinski, communications coordinator for PATF. With a medical doctor and support staff, individuals can access HIV care, primary medical care and on-site phlebotomy services as well as a PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) clinic.
The addition of a PrEP clinic is a huge step since PrEP is over 90% effective at preventing the spread of HIV infections. Both HIV-negative patients who are interested in PrEP and HIV-positive patients can now be seen at the new medical clinic. It will be more convenient for HIV-positive individuals to receive treatment and adhere to the treatment regimen by combining onsite medical care with the other social services PATF offers.
“This integration is made seamless by bringing treatment and services together in the same location, leading to better quality of life outcomes for clients,” says Sean DeYoung, CEO of PATF.
The renovation was designed by Strada Architecture with interior design services provided by Nachum Golan and Steve Hough. Through a collaboration between PATF staff and the designers, large photomurals line the walls in the lobby, waiting room and medical exam rooms.
In the lobby, PATF worked with the Sprout Fund to display a photomural depicting the Lend Me Your Ears mural by Jordan Monahan that was on the building across the street until it was removed by the building owner.
“We felt that mural was such an important part of the community where we are located—we wanted the opportunity to capture and preserve an image of it,” says Ptaschinski.
Photomurals are also prominently displayed in each of the four new exam rooms and depict Pittsburgh bridges—16th Street, Smithfield, Fort Pitt and 9th Street—covering an entire wall and adding a feeling of openness to the exam rooms.
PATF has been in East Liberty since 2007 when it was located in the former Mansmann’s Department store and has been providing social services for more than 30 years as the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in Southwestern PA.
Located at 5913 Penn Avenue, PATF offers free, confidential HIV, STI and hepatitis C testing in a judgment-free environment six days per week.