AIDS Free Pittsburgh (AFP) is a public health movement to end the HIV epidemic in Allegheny County by 2030. AIDS Free Pittsburgh is a collaborative initiative comprised of government agencies, healthcare institutions, and community-based organizations that strive to support and improve the care of people living with HIV/AIDS, as well as communities most at-risk for HIV. AIDS Free Pittsburgh does not provide services directly, but rather works to raise awareness and build collaboration among community stakeholders. The AIDS Free Pittsburgh initiative was officially launched on December 1, 2015 following similar efforts in San Francisco, New York State and Washington State. Allegheny County is the second county in the United States to take on this challenge.
* No new AIDS cases
Increase the rate of routine screening for HIV/AIDS in medical settings in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Preventive Services Task Force guidelines.
Increase awareness of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) in the community and build capacity for healthcare providers to identify eligible patients and prescribe PrEP.
Use established relationships within the medical community to ensure that people diagnosed with HIV are quickly linked to high-quality care, facilitating faster treatment for those who need it.
If interested, fill out the AFP Advisory Group Application.
AIDS Free Pittsburgh is committed to supporting and promoting equal opportunity, human dignity, and racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity. Specifically, AIDS Free Pittsburgh values and encourages the active participation of communities that are most affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic – people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ, and people living with HIV/AIDS. Individuals who identify as a member of one or more of these communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Jewish Healthcare Foundation serves as the fiscal agent for the Ryan White Part B, Ryan White MAI, State Rebate and HUD HOPWA (Housing and Urban Development – Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS) funding in the 11-county southwestern Pennsylvania region and elsewhere in the Commonwealth. These funding streams facilitate the delivery of health care, supportive, and housing services to eligible individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and prevention/education services to at-risk populations.
The program funds provider organizations to assist with clients’ entry into and retention in medical care and works to strengthen community outreach and reduce community viral load. Furthermore, the HIV/AIDS program provides technical assistance that aids organizations in improving their quality of healthcare and social service delivery to clients.