David Pace

Blueprints for a healthy life with HIV and for an HIV free generation are now within reach, but budget cuts proposed to federal funding for HIV services will drastically impact 30 years of progress. We need you to stand with us now more than ever!

David moved to Austin in April of 2016, looking for new opportunities and a fresh start. For years, David struggled with his health, housing, and isolation. Unable to accept that he is gay, David’s relationships with his family and friends became increasingly disconnected and left him without a support system.

Seeking to establish care in Austin, he was not sure where to begin. A client of AIDS Services of Austin suggested David start with ASA. David began building a foundation for a healthier future the moment he walked through our front doors.

“Everyone, from the receptionist to the case managers made me feel like I mattered again.”

David needed help getting basic needs assistance. During the intake process, he was linked into housing, food bank, and case management services. David also connected with ASA’s The Q Austin. The Q is an HIV prevention program that empowers the community to practice safer sex, reduce new infections, and end stigma. Looking to establish a network of friends, he developed relationships with supportive peers who helped guide him out of isolation.
With ASA’s help, David has built an incredible foundation to sustain his health and grow his support network in Austin. He went from being sick, homeless, and hardly having anything to call his own, to being independent enough to graduate from case management services. He has a place of his own and a steady job, both of which he found and secured himself with the tools he gained at ASA. 

Beyond meeting his basic needs, ASA provided David with holistic care and a blueprint for building a healthy future that is not defined by HIV.

“I’ve got my life back. ASA helped me get care, so I could focus on life!”

ASA provides a holistic approach to HIV care. We address clients’ needs by meeting them where they are and linking them to services that help them focus on life. Your support makes that possible and shows people like David that they matter.