Pittsburgh shooting victim who saved many HIV+ patients has been praised in emotional tribute


Eight men and three women were shot dead at the Tree of Life Congregation in Squirrel Hill on Saturday (October 27). One of them was the family doctor Jerry Rabinowitz. One of Rabinowitz’s patients, Michael Kerr, has paid tribute to the doctor for his kind treatment of people with HIV during the AIDS crisis when thousands of people died, and their nearest and dearest were so unaware of what their condition was that they did not even want touch them due to fear, but Dr. Rabinowitz took care of them. “Basically before there was effective treatment for fighting HIV itself, he was known in the community for keeping us alive the longest. He often held our hands (without rubber gloves) and always, always hugged us as we left his office,” Kerr wrote. Kerr, who left Pittsburgh for New York City in 2004 and now volunteers for the local branch of anti-HIV campaign group ACT UP, said he “got lucky beyond words” to have met such a doctor who had literally saved his life.


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