Know The Issues
WNCAP supports efforts to reduce the rate of new HIV infections and improve the lives of those living with HIV and AIDS.
Advocacy priorities include:
- Improving Access to Health Care
- Increasing HIV Awareness & Prevention
- Promoting Evidence-Based Harm Reduction Strategies
- Reducing HIV-Related Health Disparities
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WNCAP strives to address these priorities through legislative advocacy, public education, community outreach and coalition building.
WNCAP participates in several HIV advocacy activities, including AIDSWatch and HIV Speaks on Jones Street. Both events connect grassroots activists and people living with HIV to lawmakers.
AIDSWatch is the nation’s largest annual constituent-based national HIV/AIDS advocacy event. AIDSWatch, organized by AIDS United, brings together hundreds of people living with HIV and their allies to meet with members of Congress and to educate them about the important issues at stake for people living with HIV in the United States.
At last year’s 25th Anniversary AIDSWatch, WNCAP brought four advocates to represent WNC and speak their truth to those in power in Washington, D.C. Read more about AIDS Watch 2018 here. AIDS Watch 2019 will take place on April 1-2.
HIV Speaks on Jones Street, organized by the North Carolina AIDS Action Network (NCAAN) is the annual HIV Advocacy Day for the North Carolina General Assembly. Advocates from the mountains to the coast gather in Raleigh to educate state lawmakers.
Last year, WNCAP brought three advocates to share their experience with state lawmakers and advocate for positive public policy in North Carolina. Read more about HIV Speaks on Jones Street 2018 here. This year, the event will take place on March 12, 2019.
Exercising your right to vote in local, state, and national elections is the easiest way you can take action. Voting ensures legislators elected into office protect the interests of people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS. We need legislators who support public policy that will help end the AIDS epidemic.
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Other Ways to Take Action!
- Start or join a rally to promote important issues in the HIV/AIDS community
- Attend local town hall meetings in your area
- Share issues on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Take pictures of events and rallies to share on Instagram
- Flood the mailboxes of your federal and state legislators with letters on policy actions you want to see take place
- Stay ‘in the know’ on issues by visiting AIDS.gov and AIDS United Policy & Advocacy
- Volunteer at WNCAP!