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,…

Spot the Subaru and Win Dinner for Two

Around the office, excitement is already building for this year’s Dining Out for Life® on Thursday, April 27th. Why so early? Maybe it has something to do with the chance to win a delicious meal for two at any of our incredible, participating local restaurants!     Spot the official Dining Out For Life® Subaru…

“Getting to Zero” Fund Honors Harry Brown

In October, at the Raise Your Hand Auction and Gala, WNCAP announced a new named fund honoring friend, advocate, and champion, Harry Brown. Harry has been a volunteer, event chair, Board member, adviser, and supporter for over 14 years and WNCAP could not be more pleased to honor him with this fund. The Harry A….

Citizen-Times Guest columnist: No, the Zika virus is not the next HIV

Guest columnist: Amanda Stem, WNCAP Advocacy Supervisor CNN ran an opinion article with the headline: “Could Zika be the next HIV?” Media coverage on Zika cites HIV as a comparison. Both viruses have commonalities: suspected African origins, both can be transmitted sexually, and the Zika virus may impact the South where the Zika carrying Aedes…

WNCAP Announces Honorary Chair

It is an extreme honor to announce the 2016 Honorary Chair, Harry Brown. Every now and then in life, someone comes along with the ability to share every unique gift that you could possibly need in that specific moment in time.  Harry Brown is that person.  He is that person for his friends, he is…

Congratulations to the 2016 Signature Piece Winner

Asheville Citizen-Times, ASHEVILLE – The Western North Carolina AIDS Project has selected a piece by local artist Constance Williams as its 2016 Signature Piece for its annual fall fundraiser, the Raise Your Hand Auction and Gala. The winner was chosen in a juried competition. Pam Siekman, the auction chairperson, made the winner announcement Monday. Williams’ abstract piece, titled,…

Safe Syringe Access

Safe access to syringes remains a huge barrier in HIV prevention in North Carolina. A survey conducted through the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy sought to identify barriers to selling syringes to individuals without a prescription. The survey was sent to 5,598 members registered with the NC Board of Pharmacy with a total of 904…

Third annual LGBT conference offers strong health component

Mountain Express Article by Leslie Boyd, March 29th As dozens of people gathered around tables in the gymnasium at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in Asheville, Ivy Gibson-Hill reflected on why a pop-up clinic was created for the third annual LGBT in the South conference, held March 18-20. Last year, a young man who was having…

Embracing the Person First: an Essay on Language and Addiction

By Amanda Stem, MSW Language is at the root of every culture. Deeply imbedded in our daily interactions is the use of language, in the form of information sharing and receiving, emotional expression, and basic exchanges between people to come to resolutions.  It is easy to not think much about the words we use to…