Crusading for a time when the rate of new HIV cases in our area drops to zero,  AIDS Services of Austin ceremoniously unveiled its new one-stop  ASA Moody Medical Clinic on Cameron Road on Monday.

Ross Moody, Greg Casar and Kathie Tovo at the opening of the ASA Moody Medical Clinic. Michael Barnes/American-Statesman

Generously supported by the  Moody Family Foundation — which recently made the critical differences for major projects by the  Contemporary Austin – LagunaGloria, Waller Creek Conservancy and  Pease Park Conservancy — the clinic is aimed at the 7,000 people in our area already with HIV, including the 20 percent who don’t know it yet. Still others may use it during the HIV prevention process.

Surrounded by ASA staff and volunteers, dignitaries including U.S. Rep.  Lloyd Doggett, Mayor Pro Tem  Kathie Tovo and City Council Members  Greg Casar,  Ora Houston and Jimmy Flannigan applauded the nonprofit’s progress on what 30 years ago seemed like an impossible campaign to fight AIDS and help those living with it. Now ASA employs 70 people, many of them at the Cameron Road location, as well as at a dental clinic and remote prevention sites. A new one is planned for the area around Airport Boulevard and Springdale Road.

One of the most impressive sights hidden from the public at the Cameron Road HQ is ASA’s food bank, which began with distributions from the trunk of a car, and now looks like a miniature but substantial version of  Capitol Area Food Bank.