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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…

Mountain Causes: WNC AIDS Project a lifeline for many

Mountain Causes: WNC AIDS Project a lifeline for many By Jake Flannick, Special to the Citizen-Times To see the article in the Citizen-Times follow this link: Mountain Causes ASHEVILLE – He would hang around the Grove Arcade late into the night, posing as a street hustler in a largely deserted downtown in the early 1990s….

The 340B Drug Pricing Program: A Lifeline for Community Healthcare Organizations

By Antonio Del Toro, WNCAP Client Services Coordinator Non-profit organizations are mission-driven enterprises that focus passionately on the services they seek to provide rather than on corporate or personal enrichment. Government grants, private charitable foundations and the generosity of donors in the community all contribute to the operating budgets of non-profits; however, in the healthcare…

“Mark’s Journey,” A Client Narrative

Written by a WNCAP Case Manager Mark began his journey in Buncombe County through a court ordered treatment program trying to assist him with his recovery from the alcohol and drugs that landed him outside of Asheville.  He was very hopeful and wanted to make this change.  The first transitional housing he came to closed…

Let’s Talk Hepatitis

Hepatitis  by Michael Harney “-ITIS” is an ending added to the names of body parts to indicate inflammation, i.e. swelling or injury.  Thus, bronch-itis means inflamed lung pipes, laryng-itis describes a sore voicebox. This month, let’s discuss hepat-itis – inflammation of the liver. The liver, located under the right ribcage, is responsible for decontaminating our…

Lessons learned at US Conference on AIDS

USCA 2015: A Lesson in Cultural Competency By Amanda Stem A group of WNCAP Staff, case managers and educators, had the generous opportunity to attend the United States Conference on HIV/AIDS in Washington D.C. for 5 days in September. My first day left me tired and overwhelmed. I was in this beautiful city among a…

“Indiana Outbreak: Not a Repeat Mistake in My Backyard”

by Michael Harney There is no more time to wait or waste, as North Carolina residents at risk of acquiring HIV and viral hepatitis are no closer to having reliable, de-stigmatized access to one of the most cost-effective, public health proven method of preventing these unnecessary infections, namely, needle and syringe exchange programs. One such…