Led by Kerry Stoner and a group of dedicated volunteers, the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force (PATF) was formed in response to a cry from those infected with HIV/AIDS for compassion, supportive services, and information about the disease.
In its infancy, PATF offered the Legal Advocacy program to fight discrimination, 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 PATF founder, Kerry Stoner as its first Executive Director.
Now in its third decade of service, PATF has progressed from an agency that helped people with AIDS to die with dignity into an agency that helps people with HIV/AIDS live healthier, more productive lives. PATF is the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in Southwestern Pennsylvania and currently serves clients in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland counties.