Throughout the past 26 years serving Central Texans, we've learned to get one step ahead of the curve, always staying informed and anticipating where the highest need will be in the months or years ahead. We founded the first dental clinic for people living with HIV, and helped volunteers pioneer the groundbreaking Octopus Club fundraising model, which raised its two millionth dollar this year.
The past few years have seen renewed hope as research into cures and vaccines has made incredible breakthroughs. But approaching HIV treatment and prevention requires not just medical insight, but social and behavioral foresight. In Texas, the rate of new HIV infections has been increasing, and over the past two years, 40% of new infections has been youth ages 15-29. With our expanding youth space at the Q Austin and new "Camp Q" messaging, ASA was ready to tackle this trend, reaching young people in new, innovative ways.
These trends demonstrate the value of our responsibility to the community. However, we cannot help our community without the help of our community. This year marks the 15th Anniversary of the Hill Country Ride, a cornerstone of fellowship and support in Austin. 2014 also marks the 21st anniversary of Viva, benefiting the Capital Area AIDS Legal Project (CAALP). Like many of our programs, CAALP was created in response to an immediate need, particularly for people faced with difficult medical decisions, financial hardship, end-of-life concerns, and even discrimination.
Through ASA's proven programs and services, we predict and tackle each new challenge as it comes along. We work daily to identify future issues that affect the wellbeing of our clients. And as always, we rely on your continued support to serve the needs of a growing population.
AIDS Services of Austin is committed to healthier lives, free from stigma, for people affected by HIV and AIDS. Throughout Central Texas, AIDS Services of Austin provides holistic services to over 1,500 people living with HIV and AIDS, tests close to 2,000 people for HIV, and provides prevention education to over 12,000 people annually.
People living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) often face barriers to achieving positive health outcomes and to maintaining or improving their health. Barriers include difficulties in accessing and remaining in primary medical care, negotiating a complex medical care system, and adhering to medication regimens. Poverty adds barriers including instability in housing, income, and transportation and plays a major role in an individual's inability to access or remain in health care. Eighty (80) percent of ASA's case managed clients live at or below 150 percent ($16,335) of the Federal Poverty Line.
Accessing or remaining in primary HIV medical care is often difficult, as is navigating the medical system. Because they often face a complex array of health conditions, access to medical care alone is not a complete solution to helping PLWHA live longer, healthier lives. Adherence to a treatment plan is essential to successful health outcomes. Negative impacts on health outcomes also result from denial or lack of understanding of the effects of non-adherence to a treatment plan. Not only do PLWHA need to stay linked into health care, they must manage their medical care carefully and adhere to treatments plans that are often medically complex and difficult to follow.
The Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) found that the average adherence rate to treatments for chronic illnesses is 50%, while PLWHA on HIV/AIDS Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) adhere 56% to 88% of the time. Adherence of less than 95% is linked to treatment failure and fosters development of virus mutations. The risk of developing drug resistance is highest with adherence of 80% to 90%. A viral mutation limits treatment options and endangers health, increasing the risk of developing AIDS and death from AIDS-related complications. Assistance with treatment adherence is critical to PLWHA maintaining or improving their health outcomes and is a strategic service area for AIDS Services of Austin.
At ASA, everyone is so kind and helpful they all treat me with respect.
At ASA, I have a caring and understanding case worker. Everyone is helpful and friendly.
I receive treatment only from the dental clinic, and the service I receive is exceptional. I
really feel comfortable, and I have a voice when it comes to my treatment.
At ASA, I appreciate the staff, food pantry, nutritionist, and caseworkers all do an excellent job in
all areas. I wouldn't change a thing.
ASA is a place where I can come to speak on personal issues and feel comfortable about it.
- Food Bank
- Condom Distribution Network
- Outreach and Testing
- Women Rising Project
- Administrative and more.
Contact volunteer manager Megan Satterfield at email@example.com or visit www.asaustin.org/vget-involved
Sponsored By: St. David's Foundation
St. David's Foundation has offered a $1M matching grant to be distributed among their nonprofit Grant Partners on Amplify Austin Day. St. David's Foundation's 2017 Grant Partners will receive funds on a pro-rata basis.
Each nonprofit will receive matching funds based on their total funds raised on Amplify Austin Day. Last year, this match resulted in a 30% boost to the funds raised by Grant Partners on the Day.