Resurgence of HIV in Austin and Nationwide

Since 2006, there has been a 40 percent increase in the number of HIV-positive people in the Greater Austin area — far outpacing the population boom. (In that same time, Houston’s diagnoses have risen by only 12 percent; Dallas has seen a 23 percent decline in new cases since 2003.)

The number of people who have been newly infected in our area is also on the rise. From 2010 to 2012, 815 people tested positive for HIV, with more than half receiving an additional diagnosis of AIDS, which is when a person’s CD4 cell count drops below 200. AIDS is fatal without treatment.

While the disease is staging a dramatic comeback in Austin and other Texas communities, state and federal funding for healthcare services is down, increasing the need for community support and involvement. Over the past 19 years, the Hill Country Ride for AIDS has raised more than $9.4 million for HIV and AIDS treatment and prevention.


Donate Today! (Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law; the Hill Country Ride for AIDS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.)

Become an UnderRider

What are UnderRiders?

UnderRiders are a special group of donors that make it possible for as much participant fundraising as possible to get into the hands of those affected by HIV/AIDS in our community. UnderRiders are former Hill Country Ride for AIDS riders (maybe their knees insist they support the cause in new, less physical ways), philanthropists, and activists all passionate about the cause at hand. We are more than happy to have your donations online, but your donation will go even further if you help us avoid a service fee by mailing your check to Hill Country Ride for AIDS, P.O. Box 49097, Austin, TX 78765.

In 2018 UnderRiders raised over $85,000! You can help make 2019 the best year ever!

100% of donations by UnderRiders are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

What We Want To Give You:

  • Special Recognition in Hill Country Ride web and email – you will be featured on the UnderRider page of the Ride website and in a special UnderRider email to the entire Ride family email list.
  • A special UnderRiders’ event to celebrate the ride and and welcome new UnderRiders.
  • Ride Magic!!

UnderRider Giving Levels:

High Gears – $5,000
Big Wheels – $2,500
20th Anniversary UnderRider – $2,000
Handlebars – $1,000

If you’re interested in learning more, the director of the Hill Country Ride for AIDS, Prentiss Douthit, would love to speak with you about your interest in becoming an UnderRider. Feel free to call him at (512) 371-RIDE or email him directly at You can also check out our UnderRider FAQ’s for more information.

Click here to make an online donation as an UnderRider. Don’t want to donate online? Please send your checks (made payable to: Hill Country Ride for AIDS) to PO Box 49097, Austin, Tx 78765

HUGE thanks to our 2018 UnderRiders:

2018 UnderRiders
Laura Agnew & Hill Abell
Wayne Baker
Linda Wisner & Ken Bautsch
Lew Aldridge & Billy Brown
Mark Guerrero & John Burgess
Kind Clinic
Janis Connell
Bob Dailey
Beverly Dale
Prentiss Douthit
Jason Duggan
Frank Garrahan
Catherine Gonzalez
Dara Gray
Charlotte Hale
Garrett Higley
David Rodriquez & Ronny Huffstickler
Bill Ikard
Paul Hemmer & Jim Lewis
Bianca & Mark Lindsey
Jim Lommori
Casey Blass & Lee Manford
Jack Taylor & Peter Maxson
Greg Barbutti & Mike McElhaney
Tracy & Everett McKinley
Bill Dickson & Bobby Minich
Brandon Wollerson & Scott Murphy
Karin Peters & Mark Peters
Ronny Huffstickler & David Rodriquez
Jim Ferguson & Art Sansone
Jody Scheske
Stacy Schwarz
Daniel Slutsky
Darren Gibson & Scott Stevens
Carter Strickland
Kerry Tate
Chris Whitman
Andy Wisner
Stan Young

In-Kind Donations

To make an in-kind donation or to see if our current needs meet your desires to give something away, please contact:

Prentiss Douthit, Ride Director, via