HIV en Steady Increase in Number of Travis County Residents Living with HIV <p>More people are living with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus in Travis County.</p><p>Between 2006 and 2012, the number of people with HIV has increased 41 percent -- to <a href="">5,084 people</a>. During those years, the overall population of Travis County increased only by about 17 percent.</p><p>Dr. Phillip Huang, Medical Director of <a href="">Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services</a>, says much of the increase is because of life-sustaining HIV drugs.</p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 23:23:45 +0000 Trey Shaar 9704 at Steady Increase in Number of Travis County Residents Living with HIV Map: HIV Testing Centers and Cases Across Texas <p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new</span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</a><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">interactive map</a>&nbsp;illustrates<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;cases of HIV and possible treatment and testing centers. The map was compiled by the non-profit</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">AIDSVu, using city, county and federal data.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">National HIV Testing Day was this week, providing a chance to increase awareness about testing and treatment efforts among at-risk populations and inspire who may be living with the disease to seek help in managing it.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 18:25:08 +0000 Andrew Weber 8242 at Map: HIV Testing Centers and Cases Across Texas Austin HIV Planning Council Looking for Volunteers <p>The <a href="">Austin Area Comprehensive HIV Planning Council</a> is looking for volunteers.</p><p>Federal legislation for the <a href="">Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program</a> requires “that we have a board with committee members that reflect the make up of the community,” says the council’s John Waller. Recruiting new members is a normal part of the council’s charge, but Waller says with a new chair and other members recently having completed their terms, the council is looking for new members.</p><p>The council needs different types of volunteers: HIV positive Austin residents that use programs funded by Ryan White grants; local social and medical service providers; and community leaders.</p><p> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 21:51:53 +0000 Wells Dunbar 5868 at Austin HIV Planning Council Looking for Volunteers On World AIDS Day, Travis County Youth See Rising Cases of HIV <p>Saturday is <a href="" target="_blank">World AIDS Day</a>. Here in Austin, the Department of Health and Human Services in holding a day long AIDS conference. This year’s focus is on how HIV is affecting young people in Travis County, among whom <a href="" target="_blank">HIV infection is increasing.</a></p><p>Worldwide, deaths from AIDS are down since 2005. Rates of HIV infection are also falling. But HIV is on the rise among young people, including those in Travis County.</p><p>“In the last four or five years, we’ve seen a very sharp increase in the number of cases of HIV infection in among youth,” said Joe Barnes with <a href="" target="_blank">Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services</a>. “We define that as between 13 and 24.”</p><p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 16:39:00 +0000 Tyler Pratt 5785 at On World AIDS Day, Travis County Youth See Rising Cases of HIV Texas Researchers Developing New HIV Vaccine <p>The San Antonio-based <a href="" target="_blank">Texas Biomedical Research Institute has applied for a patent</a> for a new genetically engineered HIV vaccine. This new vaccine would provide lifelong protection from the disease with a single dose.</p><p>The vaccine is designed to target the cells that line the body’s surface structures. which are the point of entry into the body in approximately 90 percent of HIV cases. Once HIV enters the body through these cells, it quickly spreads to the lymph nodes and other organs, where it replicates throughout the body. The new vaccine would stimulate the body’s outer layers and cells to generate cells that produce antibodies to HIV.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 14:49:00 +0000 Kelli Ainsworth 5703 at Texas Researchers Developing New HIV Vaccine Funds for Austin AIDS Patients Up One Day, Down the Next <p>A financial shot in the arm is coming for people living with AIDS in Austin.&nbsp;As much as $5 million in federal funding is on the way, spread out over five years. But the federal funding comes as local AIDS assistance&nbsp;groups wrangle with funding cuts of their own.&nbsp;</p><p>The announcement came at&nbsp;<a href="">a city council meeting yesterday</a>. The grant funds come from&nbsp;federal awards called&nbsp;<a href="">Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS</a>,&nbsp;funds. For Austin that means about $1 million each year for two Austin non-profits, <a href="">AIDS Services of Austin</a> and <a href="">Project Transitions</a>.&nbsp;The money is intended to help people with HIV and AIDS with housing need – short-term rent and mortgage assistance, help with utilities and other related expenses.&nbsp;</p><p>According to Josh Allen, executive director of Project Transitions, housing is an area of incredible need for Austin. “As quickly as we can move someone into housing, there are two other folks on the waiting list.”</p><p>This grant money comes at a time when Project Transitions is struggling to fill a $45,000 gap left by&nbsp;<a href="">reduced funding from the United Way</a>.&nbsp;In July, the United Way for Greater Austin eliminated $1.2 million in grants to local nonprofits. “We’re seeing it across the board generally with fund raising efforts,” says Allen. “Specifically, with grants and foundations. It’s just a much more competitive environment.”</p><p> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 15:25:35 +0000 Tyler Pratt 5316 at Funds for Austin AIDS Patients Up One Day, Down the Next