7 Things Your HIV Tester Wants You To Know

One in seven people with HIV don’t know they have it. Although the Western North Carolina AIDS Project proudly provides free, rapid HIV tests every day of the year, tomorrow is a special day for us: it’s National HIV Testing Day. And we. Are. Here. For. It.   An estimated 62% of adults in the…

Congratulations to our 2017 Signature Piece Winner!

The excitement was high last week as the 2017 Signature Piece winner was chosen in the juried competition.  Pam Siekman, the auction chairperson has announced that the winner of this prestigious recognition is Linda Gritta. Her winning entry is 36” x 36” abstract, mixed media on canvas titled “Red is Feeling Brave.”  Gritta, known for her masterful use…

Tackling the Opioid Crisis and its Ripple Effects

WNCAP’s Michael Harney is on a mission, and this is an issue near and dear to us. According to North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, four people die every day in the state from an opioid overdose. At last week’s opioid crisis roundtable with Attorney General Stein, Michael Harney brought over twenty years of experience to…

Demand Outpacing Supply for Asheville Needle Exchange Program

The needle exchange program run out of WNCAP, intended to serve the 18 counties of western North Carolina, often faces shortages in supply. For insight into the extraordinary demand for safe and unused needles in our community and from travelers across state lines, Blue Ridge Public Radio recently spoke to our own “Rubber Man” Michael…

Long-Term HIV Survivors Lead the Way in Support

Last month, I had the chance to sit down with two WNCAP volunteers. What makes these women so special is the same reason you may have never heard of their work at WNCAP: both Katie and Julia are facilitators at our HIV/AIDS Support Group–which caters to newly diagnosed as well as long-term HIV/AIDS survivors–and both Katie…

WNCAP Seeks Signature Piece Artists for 29th Annual Auction

“It’s an exciting time of year.” The Western North Carolina AIDS Project is now seeking its 2017 Signature Piece of Art, to be featured and auctioned off at its 29th annual Raise Your Hand Auction & Gala. The event is Sept. 23 at the Asheville Event Centre. The gala is a well-established fundraiser, attracting more than 250 patrons…

Mother’s Day In the Midst of Uncertain (Health)Care

With Mother’s Day approaching this Sunday, millions of Americans are wracking their brains wondering which brunch spot she’d like best, or whether to send the boxed chocolates or the bouquet of daisies. Some remember their childhood fondly while others carry some level of trauma from theirs. Bring up mothers in conversation, and you may elicit…

Behind Every Dish is a Story at Dining Out For Life

All across the country yesterday, people dined out for life. In North Carolina, Arden, Asheville, Black Mountain, Brevard, Candler, Franklin, Hendersonville, Highlands, Maggie Valley, Mars Hill, Sylva, and Waynesville were no different. Now in its 15th year, WNC Dining Out For Life has grown into one the biggest meals of the year with over 100…

Syringe Exchange Featured by NC Health News

From the stereotypes and stigma that shadow our exchange participants, to the very real issue of supply shortages and extreme demand, read what North Carolina Health News had to say about our very own syringe exchange:   In 2016, the legislature made it legal for groups to run needle exchanges. Less than a year later,…