HIV Services

The David Powell Clinic provides primary medical care on an outpatient basis to adult HIV-positive residents of the Austin Health Services Delivery Area (HSDA), which includes Travis, Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, and Williamson Counties. The David Powell health center is the largest provider of HIV medical services in the Austin area. Approximately 75 percent of the clinic's funding is provided by federal and state grants, making it the largest HIV services grantee in Central Texas.

The clinic provides HIV-specific health services, focusing on the prevention of illness and the ongoing management of chronic conditions and acute health problems through a coordinated team effort that includes physicians, a nurse practitioner, registered nurses, medical case management, social workers, mental health services - including a psychiatrist - a nutritionist, laboratory, and pharmacy services.

Services are provided to eligible HIV-positive adults at any point on the HIV disease continuum (symptomatic or asymptomatic) within an environment of dignity and respect. Proof of HIV-positive status is documented on all patients.

The clinic accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and some private insurance plans; however, no one is refused services based on inability to pay.

The David Powell health center adheres to the highest standards of confidentiality. Personal health information is disclosed only as necessary for treatment, clinic administration (i.e., insurance billing), and as requested by the patient.


Clinic services are available to HIV-positive adults living in the Austin HSDA regardless of race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, or national origin. Individuals are considered to be eligible to receive DPC services if they have tested HIV-positive; patients are requested to bring laboratory proof of HIV-positive status to their first clinic visit. The clinic performs an HIV-1 RNA Viral Burden Assay on all new patients, which serves as proof of HIV-positive status for patients unable to provide previous lab results. Proof of HIV-positive status is documented on all patients.

What to Bring to the Initial Medical Appointment

Bring the following medications:

  • All prescription medications
  • All Herbal Supplements
  • All Vitamins
  • All over the counter medications

You will also need to bring:

  • Drivers license or picture ID
  • Social Security Card
  • If you are on Medicare and have elected a Medicare Managed Care or Medicare Replacement Plan, be sure and bring that card as well as your Medicare card.

Eligibility/MAP Appointment

Be sure to bring the following:

  • Drivers license or picture ID
  • Social Security Card
  • Insurance Cards (Medicare, Medicaid, Commercial, Private)
  • If you are on Medicare and have elected a Medicare Managed Care or Medicare Replacement Plan, be sure and bring that card as well as your Medicare card.
  • Proof of Income, your last 4 check stubs or Letter of Support
  • Mail postmarked within the last 30 days
  • Bank statement on checking and savings

You will also need to bring one of the following:

  • Proof of residence (previous month's utility bill with your name and address)
  • Rent or mortgage from statement from previous month with your name and address
  • Property tax receipt for previous year with your name and address
  • A statement from your landlord or from a community service agency

For each family member you will need to bring one of the following:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Military Discharge papers
  • SSI or Medicaid Letter
  • Alien registration
  • Voter Registration Card
  • Naturalization Papers

Clinic Facilities And Access

The David Powell health center meets all federal, state, and local safety and licensing requirements as well as all Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) statutes and is therefore readily accessible to those with visual, hearing, and mobility disabilities. Its central location, on IH-35 near 46th Street is close to Capital Metro routes (#15 Red River, #37 Colony Park, #350 Airport); transportation assistance for qualified individuals is available. Interpreters for those with hearing disabilities are provided as necessary and Spanish speakers are served by clinic staff that are fluent in Spanish. There is also a translation line service available for any language not spoken by clinic staff.

Treatment of HIV Disease

General Medical Treatment

In addition to treating HIV Disease, the clinic acts as a primary care provider to its patients, providing general medical care and working to maintain health through treatment of minor illness and chronic health conditions as well as through wellness promotion. Conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, tuberculosis, cardiopathy, asthma, malnutrition, malignancy, and sexually transmitted diseases may require special treatment considerations in HIV-positive individuals. When necessary, clinic providers consult with and refer patients to medical specialists in areas such as ophtamology, gastroenterology, dermatology, surgery, radiology, oncology, and mental health services.

Women’s Services

The David Powell Clinic offers all female patients a fully integrated HIV-specific women’s health clinic staffed entirely by women, including physician services provided by a Board Certified Family Practitioner. Services provided include HIV-specific early gynecological assessment and treatment services, e.g., pelvic examinations, pap smears, colposcopy, cryosurgery, cervical biopsy, screening and treatment for gynecological infections, and family planning. All new female patients are initially referred into the women’s clinic for gynecological assessment/treatment and are referred for reassessment every six months or as needed; patients identified as having gynecological disease requiring specialist treatment are referred to gynecologists within the community with expertise in HIV-related gynecological diseases. Transportation services within the Austin city limits are available for women in need.

Patient Assistance Programs

Clinic patients undergo financial eligibility screenings to determine their ability to pay for services and medications. For those eligible patients without a funding source such as Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance, the clinic receives Federal funding through Ryan White CARE Act Grants to cover necessary services and medications. Assistance is provided to patients who qualify for the Texas AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP). The clinic’s Patient Assistance Coordinator works with patients, providers, and drug company compassionate assistance programs to obtain needed medications for those who cannot afford them and do not qualify for assistance under other programs.

Friends of the David Powell Clinic

The Friends of David Powell is a 501c3 organization that raises money in the community to benefit patients at the David Powell Health Center. Monies raised are used for various programs such as short term funding for psychiatry services, co-pay assistance for patients having difficulty paying for their medication co-pays and occasionally supporting staff education needs to maintain a well educated staff at the clinic.

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