Mission and History


The Western North Carolina AIDS Project is dedicated to preventing new cases of HIV/AIDS and promoting self-sufficiency in people living with HIV.  WNCAP provides HIV-related client support, prevention, education and advocacy activities guided by the belief that all people are entitled to equal access to health care and disease prevention.


The Western North Carolina AIDS Project began formally in 1986 in response to the needs of the community in the early years of the AIDS epidemic. The founders had been helping provide food, comfort and care to people with AIDS for several years prior to the creation of the non-profit. Initially WNCAP was focused on people in Buncombe County but was open to helping anyone in need across the region.

In the 1990s, WNCAP developed prevention programming and a case management program. Gradually its service area expanded to include 18 counties in western North Carolina.