Our Mission | To enhance the health and well-being of the community and people affected by HIV and AIDS.
Our Vision | An empowered community committed to healthier lives, free from stigma, for people affected by HIV and AIDS.
Our Core Values | Adaptability • Collaboration • Diversity • Integrity • Respect
It has been 31 years since AIDS first appeared as an emerging disease. In those years, more than 30 million people have died from AIDS-related illnesses, and worldwide, 34 million people are currently infected. For the past 29 years, AIDS Services of Austin has been responding to this evolving epidemic in Central Texas.
As we grew to become the largest AIDS Services Organization (ASO) in Central Texas, we pioneered new treatments, implemented cutting-edge prevention programs, influenced local decision-makers, and maintained a visionary and sustainable approach to the future. Through our work, we have been stewards of Austin’s resources, keeping people out of emergency rooms, providing housing, and increasing access to emergency resources. ASA also founded several of Austin’s first and only assistance programs, such as the Jack Sansing Dental Clinic, the Capital Area AIDS Legal Project, and the Octopus Club fundraising model.
As ASA’s ventures forward with the community, we hope to define our journey with these goals:
- Paving the way: helping people navigate the maze of social and medical services to get the care and knowledge they need to live with HIV.
- Expanding testing: working with community groups through special initiatives to ensure that people undergoing this highly personal and confidential experience can maintain their health and well-being.
- Fighting indifference (and stigma): supporting our clients through obstacles and challenges while educating the community to reduce indifference fueled by stereotypes, fear, beliefs, and stigma. Indifference affects the spread of HIV/AIDS and other STDs more than any other factor.
Our work in the Austin-area has been recognized by several organizations. We were named the Best 501(c)(3) by The Austin Chronicle in 2010, and our 2010 Dining for Life function was named Best Food Event.
“We love them. They love us. In terms of outreach, ASA has become one of Austin’s most beloved community-oriented nonprofits. ASA does very serious work providing care for HIV-positive Central Texans, and the staff works hard to make sure that its fundraising is fun…. ASA continues fighting the good fight, and we’re all the real winners in that.”
– The Austin Chronicle Best of Austin 2010
HIV in Central Texas
There are an estimated 6,000 people living with HIV and AIDS in Central Texas. Approximately one in five are not aware of their status. When people find out they are HIV-positive, they are more likely to get medical care, slowing the progress of the disease, and are less likely to transmit the virus. Annually, ASA provides direct care services to over 1,500 people and HIV prevention education to over 10,000 people in Central Texas. We also conduct over 1,600 HIV tests a year, helping people realize their status and protect themselves and others from HIV. ASA is CLAS compliant: learn more.
ASA’s 2014 990 can be found here.