LATEST NEWS & STORIES

  • DSC_0073   Two weeks ago, we were lucky to have a group of Americorps volunteers from Keep Austin Housed on site to help with making condom packets. Our new Volunteer Manager, Megan Satterfield, went to extra lengths to make sure they felt welcome (and had lots of sandwiches and snacks to tide them over).

    DSC_0083“We were looking for projects that could accommodate a group as big as us,” Lori Warren, group supervisor, explains. Several of the volunteers in the group had worked with ASA before, and as Megan was a long-time acquaintance, Lori reached out to see if ASA would have room for the group. As luck would have, ASA recently lost a regular volunteer group, so Megan was able to put the group straight to work making condom packs.

    All fifteen members of the group work with low-income people through Keep Austin Housed, the Americorps branch of FrontSteps. “They recognize the importance of this kind of service and how important it is to volunteer,” Lori says. “They have to do a service project [as part of the Americorps program], so they chose to do this.”

    DSC_0114As the volunteers worked to stuff flyers, condoms, lube, and contact information into small Ziploc bags, they listened to music and joked around with each other. “It’s great that they are able to have to so much fun at the same time as they are giving back,” Lori says. “ASA has been super hospitable. It’s great to create these community partnerships through volunteering.

    “It’s important that we foster a sense of volunteerism in our members, and we’re glad that we could work with you to do that.”

    To learn more about volunteer opportunities at ASA, please fill out our form online or contact Megan Satterfield at megan.satterfield@asaustin.org.

  • 10494912_717542648371952_7777280689573069828_o Congratulations to INK on another successful event!  The young professional group, which is dedicated to promoting safe sex practices and raising money for the emergency fund at AIDS Services of Austin, raised more than $4,000 at their second-annual brunch, held June 14.

    10403736_717543338371883_1447267449884391475_oINK was founded last year to educate Austin’s diverse population of young people about the Paul Kirby Emergency Fund at ASA, provide young people with an economically viable way to contribute to the Fund, and to promote safe sex.  Because last year’s brunch was so successful, this year, INK doubled the number of tickets available. 

    More than 100 people enjoyed the finest accommodations provided by one of Austin’s premier venues – The Hummingbird House.  While there, they enjoyed a custom menu of local, organic brunch goodies provided by local Executive Chef Zack Teegardin of Perry’s Steakhouse, and his sidekick The Austin Optimist Allie Teegardin.  The event also featured a Colorado High Vodka Bloody Mary bar, mimosas, fair trade organic coffee, and, of course, great times with friends, old and new. View more pictures here.

    11357117_717542715038612_4007676968009701421_oA big thanks to the brunch’s other sponsors: The event featured food donated by Morehart Farm, Gray Gardens, and Red Beard Brothers.  Additional sponsorship by the always generous Mr. Lew Aldridge and Alori Properties.  The mimosa and Bloody Mary bar was made possible by Savrick, Schumann, Johnson, McGarr, Kaminski, & Shirley, LLP, and Oilcan Harry’s.

    1398465_717542795038604_1577633338855529786_oINK is a spinoff of the Octopus Club, a grassroots all-volunteer organization dedicated to raising funds for and awareness of the Paul Kirby Fund through annual events and parties.  In its first year, INK was a finalist for the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce Fave Local Non-Profit recognition.  INK is excited to continue the Octopus Club’s strong tradition of fundraising by introducing the Fund to Austin’s next generation of leaders and philanthropists. 

    If you want to join INK, or attend one of their future events, find them on Facebook and join their mailing list at http://www.octopusclub.org/Events/Ink

  • bowl-1202x601Since its inception in 1993, ASA’s Red Ribbon Dinner series has raised more than $400,000 for Central Texans affected by HIV and AIDS. Our newest partner restaurant, Fork & Vine, recognizes the importance of ASA’s mission and proudly supports our work. Heather Powell, Fork and Vine’s Special Event and Social Media Manager, explains, “The topic needs to stay relevant. People don’t always see it as an issue, especially because we are one of the healthiest cities in the nation. We need to keep reminding people that the fight is far from over. More young people are being affected than ever before, so we must do our part in raising that new generation that will be vocal and fight for the cause.”

    Fork & Vine specializes in exceptional food and wine pairings. The integrity of the wine is central, and the food is derived organically from its flavor. “The wine always comes first for us,” Heather says. “We have a world class sommelier and a fantastic kitchen crew. We work hard to find the right balance and harmony between the food and the wine.”

    dining_room_patio-1202x601The restaurant is a perfect mix of contemporary and classic style, featuring a patio designed by Austin artisans as well as gorgeous wood and glass fixtures. “It’s a relaxed but refined space,” Heather describes. “We have a great space, very warm and inviting.”

    Executive Chef & owner Camden Stuerzenberger’s eclectic American style finds inspiration in Austin’s melting pot cuisine and redefines it. “The [restaurant] industry today is about originality, and that’s what I strive for,” Camden explains. “Our food is not just about the union between great ingredients and wine, but also between people.”

    set_table-1202x601For this month’s Red Ribbon Dinner theme, Camden has planned a smokehouse twist for the five course custom menu and pairings. Locally sourced bison ribeye and grilled Fredericksburg peaches are just two components of the delicious offerings. The wines have been exquisitely paired to complement the ingredients, as Fork & Vine holds a portfolio of over 250 labels.

    “At Fork & Vine we love having people enjoy our creations, and experience our food and wine in an inviting atmosphere. That is really the focus of the restaurant,” Heather says. “Our staff is gracious, knowledgeable, and seeks to make everyone’s experience one to remember. Come by and join us for a glass of wine. You won’t regret it.”

    Try something new. Try something different.

    Join AIDS Services of Austin and Fork & Vine on Monday, July 13 for the 4th installment of ASA’s 2015 Red Ribbon Dinner Series at Fork & Vine, 3010 W Anderson Ln. Austin, TX, 78757.

    Tickets now available.

  • Running 1Celebrate Spain’s Running of the Bulls at the “Toros y Tapas,” the summer’s next great “fun-raiser” by The Octopus Club, benefiting the Paul Kirby emergency fund at AIDS Services of Austin.

    The event will be held Saturday, July 11 from 8 to 11 p.m. at the home of Michael Rodriguez and Stephen Watkins, 4000 Hyridge Drive, Austin, Texas 78759.

    Attendees can casually relax poolside with tapas and fine wine while we live-stream the scene of handsome Spanish men fleeing for their lives from a horde of furious bulls. The soundtrack will be the best dance music and, of course, some Spanish ballads.

    Suggested contributions at the door are $25, $50, $100 or more. Like at every Octopus Club event, every penny of your contribution provides assistance to someone in Central Texas living with the challenges of HIV/AIDS.

    Octopus_Club_Logo_2011The Octopus Club is a grassroots all-volunteer organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the Paul Kirby Emergency Fund at ASA through annual events and parties. Since its founding in 1989, the Octopus Club has raised more than $2.1 million for the fund, assisting more than 800 ASA clients.

    The Paul Kirby Emergency Fund provides emergency financial assistance to individuals infected with or affected by HIV and AIDS. These funds are distributed to individuals for basic living needs on a case-by-case basis. Services paid for by the fund include assistance with emergency food, housing and utilities, medical care, medication, and transportation. When they have nowhere else to turn, the Paul Kirby Emergency Fund is a helping hand of last resort.

    For more information on The Octopus Club and the emergency fund, visit www.octopusclub.org.

    RSVP for Toros y Tapas on Facebook at www.facebook.com/octopusclubasa.

    Special thanks to our Toros y Taps hosts: Michael Rodriguez, Stephen Watkins, Mauricio Carranza, Charley Schumate, Jay Billig, Jeffrey Jungbauer, Billy Brown, Lew Aldridge, Jim Lommori, Candis Guidry, Sue Campion, Matthew Rogovein, Kathy Simon, Ahmed Fathalla, Bob Dailey, and Doug Plummer.

  • National testing day 2015Stop by to know your status for National Testing Day! ASA’s awesome testers will be administering free tests at the Walgreens on 1920 E. Riverside Drive on the following dates:

    Thursday, June 25, 3-7 PM
    Friday, June 26, 3-7 PM
    Saturday, June 27, 10-2 PM

    Testing is also available at our regular weekly test sites. You can find the testing schedule here.

    Need more incentives to get tested for HIV? Look no further. ASA proudly presents our top 10 reasons to get tested:

    1. Leave mystery for books and movies. You owe it to yourself, and your potential partners to know your status.
    2. It’s quick and easy. Results are available within 30 minutes.
    3. No big needle needed. A few drops of blood are all it takes.
    4. No name? No problem. Anonymous testing is available.
    5. Nearly 1 out 7 people living with HIV are unaware of their status. Don’t be an outsider. Remember, knowledge is power.
    6. If you test positive, follow-up arrangements can be made on site. The sooner treatment begins, the healthier your life will be.
    7. It’s free!
    8. Last year, ASA provided more than 1,600 tests. Don’t worry, we are total pros at this.
    9. HIV does not discriminate. Don’t be scared of the test, let it be a conversation starter for you and your partner.
    10. Stopping the spread of HIV is a community effort. Do your part, get tested today! 

    Free your mind. Know your status.

     

     

     

  • National testing day 2015The theme of National HIV Testing Day (June 27th) touches upon the most important thing to know about HIV: you have options. Knowing your status gives you the ability to plan and stay healthy, whether it’s by learning more about prevention strategies, or if need be, treatment options.

    Nearly 14% of people living with HIV are unaware of their status, but you don’t have to be one of them. HIV testing is fast and easy. Testing is done by collecting a blood droplet sample through a finger stick. Results are available within 30 minutes. Many organizations, including ASA, administer tests for free.

    Testing frequency is dependent on the type of activities you participate in. Those at high risk, including people who have unprotected sex or share injection drug equipment with another person, should get tested as soon as possible. Getting tested at least once a year is recommended if you continue to participate in these types of activities. Sexually active gay and bisexual men should get tested every 3 to 6 months, since they are at the highest risk of transmission. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention also recommends that all pregnant women get tested during their first and third trimester.

    TestingGetting tested for HIV is not only a great way to be a responsible sexual partner, but also a great way to learn more about prevention strategies and make informed decisions. Information about the importance of using condoms and the potential benefits of taking PrEP or PEP are available at our testing locations.

    If you want to learn more about ASA’s testing program, including testing times and locations, call 512-458-TEST (8378) or click here.

    20140626_112956ASA’s awesome testers will be celebrating National HIV Testing Day by providing free HIV and syphilis testing, safer-sex supplies, sexual health information, and more at the Walgreens on 1920 E. Riverside Drive on the following dates:

    Thursday, June 25, 3-7 PM
    Friday, June 26, 3-7 PM
    Saturday, June 27, 10-2 PM

    Free your mind. Know your status.

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