Our Mission: To improve health and wellbeing, Allies provides integrated medical care, supportive human services, and community-based education for individuals living with, or at risk of HIV, viral hepatitis, and sexually transmitted infections.
Allies envisions a healthier community whereby all individuals access integrated medical care and supportive human services in a respectful setting, free of stigma and discrimination.
In 1985, a group of dedicated volunteers led by Kerry Stoner formed the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force (PATF) in response to a cry from those living with HIV/AIDS for compassion, supportive services, and information about the disease.
In its infancy, the agency offered the Legal Advocacy program to fight discrimination and secure entitlements, as well as emotional and practical support to those who were dying from AIDS through what became known as the Buddy Program. Incorporated as a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 organization in March 1986, PATF existed as an all-volunteer agency until March 1988, when the organization hired founder Kerry Stoner as its first Executive Director.
With the passage of the federal Ryan White Care Act and as medical treatments for HIV/AIDS improved, our services evolved and expanded to meet the growing and changing needs of the community. Now in our third decade of service, Allies for Health + Wellbeing has progressed from an agency that helped people with AIDS to die with dignity into an agency that helps people living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS as well as viral hepatitis and STIs live healthier, more fulfilling lives.
As medical treatments for HIV/AIDS improved, our services evolved and expanded to meet the growing and changing needs of our community. Now in our third decade of service, Allies for Health + Wellbeing has progressed from an agency that helped people with AIDS to die with dignity into an agency that helps all individuals live life to the fullest, including those living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, and STIs.
Our services now include:
We continue to be the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in Southwestern Pennsylvania, and now we offer the most comprehensive, integrated medical care at one location, available to all of our clients that we serve in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland counties.
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