LATEST NEWS & STORIES

  • This year we are asking you to support ASA and amplify the success of patients like Charlotte! In 2005 Charlotte found out she was living with HIV and immediately sought community support through ASA’s Women Rising Project. She has been involved with multiple programs and services since, but Women Rising holds a special place in her heart.

    Charlotte says it best, “I just love the ladies of the Women Rising Project! When I need to talk to somebody who knows where I’m coming from; they know. Coming to this support group helps get a lot of pressure off me. I gotta have it!” 

    She continues, “Women Rising helps me survive the stigma of HIV, Lord knows. We’re healthy same as anybody and thriving now! I declare! Everybody needs to get past the stigma of HIV and AIDS. Until you can talk to everybody and they accept it, I’ll be meeting with these ladies. Even after we get past the stigma, I’ll still volunteer on the regular and mingle with these ladies.”

    Amplify Austin amplifies local nonprofits each year through their 24-hour online giving campaign. Every gift ASA receives through Amplify Austin will support thousands of Central Texans affected by HIV and AIDS to build healthy futures for themselves and their families. Additionally, through the generous support of the St. David’s Foundation, all donations made to ASA through Amplify Austin will be amplified by a matching percentage gift.
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    Amplify Women and Support Groups Helping Them Thrive!

    “The most critical thing for me is having support and having it through the Women Rising Project has helped me thrive!”
    “Mingling with the other ladies is a highlight for me! I look forward to getting together with my ASA family!”
    ~Charlotte
    Agency Mission Video
    Schedule your gift for the 10AM-11AM hour tomorrowFridayMarch 2 and 100% of it will go to the Women Rising Project!

     

  • Amplify Love March 1-2

    This year we are asking you to support ASA and amplify love! Last year David shared with us his story of moving to Austin, entering services at ASA, and graduating from Case Management. Just last week he stopped by to share an important life update. He started his story with jazz hands,  “I’m engaged!” 

    David is not only marrying his partner, but they’ve moved into a new apartment and have added a puppy to the family. ASA helped David with direct services, case management, and social support services, but he says he received so much more. “You guys helped me love myself again and find love too!”  

    Amplify Austin builds and amplifies local nonprofits each year through their 24-hour online giving campaign. Every gift received through our Amplify page will support thousands of Central Texans affected by HIV and AIDS to build healthy futures for themselves and their families. Additionally, through the generous support of the St. David’s Foundation, all donations made to ASA through Amplify Austin will be amplified by a matching percentage gift.

    Amplify Love

    “Thanks to ASA, I not only graduated from Case Management, but I’ve found love…”
    “I would not be where I am today without the support of ASA’s programs and services. It means more to me than I can describe. I love you guys!”
    Schedule Now to Maximize Your Gift!

     

  • World AIDS Day Events:

    World AIDS Day Testing

    1. Mobile Testing Van Parked at University of Texas
      (University Health Services, 100 W. Dean Keeton Street Austin TX 78712 1-4pm)
    2. The Q Austin (2906 Medical Arts 78705 1-5pm)

     The Red Party at Sellers hosted by The Q Austin Mpowerment Project. 9:30-11:30 PM.

    Cheer up Charlie’s benefit show for ASA at 9 PM. Must be 21+. $5 suggested cover.
    Queer/punk sets from US Weekly – band, BLXPLTN, Popper Burns, Sherman’s March and Terror Pigeon from Nashville!

    Red Ribbon Brunch at Vox Table Saturday at 11 AM.

    At AIDS Services of Austin we provide Free HIV & STI testing, case management, fresh groceries, housing assistance programs, dental services, health insurance assistance, and various peer group support networks. Annually, ASA provides direct care services to over 1,500 people and HIV prevention education to over 10,000 people in Central Texas.

    1 in 8 people do not know their status. ASA conducts over 1,600 HIV tests a year. World AIDS Day is an excellent time to get tested and know your status!

    We are seeing an increase in the number of people living with HIV as transmission still takes place locally, as well as, with our rising population more people living with HIV are relocating here. More people means a larger demand for access to both care and prevention services.

    An AIDS diagnosis is no longer an expected health outcome for someone testing positive for HIV.

     

    We have the tools to get to an HIV free generation and are planning to eradicate the epidemic. We are succeeding, but our work is not over yet! 

  • A couple weeks ago several ASA staff members we able to attend the 2017 United States Conference on AIDS (#2017USCA) in Washington D.C.  

    Pictured left to right: Alberto Barragan, Melissa Rios, Paul Scott, and Sheira Gentle.

    Upon returning, Sheira says, “My passion for working with the HIV population was like a candle with an inextinguishable flame.  At the 2017 USCA, after experiencing the drive and passion of many others, working tirelessly in strength and unity towards that common goal of stopping the virus, it has now become a blazing FIRE!” 

     

     

  • AIDS Services of Austin (ASA) is prepared to serve HIV positive persons displaced due to Hurricane Harvey. Available services include Housing Assistance, food and hygiene items from our Helping Hands Food Bank, Case Management of disease, Health Insurance Assistance, and Legal Services. ASA has staff at evacuation centers providing support and information.

    A vendor for our Food Bank, H-E-B is greatly impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Although we have a stock of necessary items to distribute, our ability to purchase items from their distribution centers is limited. We are anticipating an increase in Food Bank need and are asking the community to help us provide the following to our clients:

    • Shampoo
    • Soap
    • Deodorant
    • Tampons & Pads
    • Trash Bags
    • Disinfectant Wipes
    • Ready to Eat Foods
    • First Aid Supplies 
    • Sunscreen
    • Contact Lens Cases & Solution
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Toothbrushes & Paste

    We are prepared to accept donations Monday-Friday during regular agency operating hours of 8:30 am to 5:30 pm at our Cameron Road location. Please contact ASA with any question at 512-458-AIDS (2437) or www.asaustin.org.

  • Elaine found out she was HIV-positive a month after her husband was diagnosed with AIDS.  Through her tears, anger, and fear, she threw herself into taking care of her husband and their six children.  After he passed away a year later, Elaine was ever more focused on their kids; making sure they had food on the table and a roof over their heads took priority over her health.  Like many living with the diagnosis and having to care for others rather than themselves, Elaine fell sick, unable to care for her children, and felt isolated from the world.

    Through ASA’s Women Rising Project, Elaine was taught how to start a path to empowerment and better health. She credits the Women Rising Project for giving her the tools and support she needed to take charge of her health and continue to care for her children.

    Even more importantly, she proudly states that ASA has enabled her to blossom as a person.   “ The Women Rising has helped me come out of isolation.  It helps me get out of the corner.”  Elaine now says she “feels like [she] can do anything,” and she is paying forward her new self-confidence. “I lend a voice to the cause of HIV and AIDS by being open about my status. The Women Rising Project and ASA help women living with HIV feel like we are not alone.”

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