1.1 million people in the US are living with HIV.
1 in 7 of them don’t know they have it.

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION


FREE Syringe Exchange and Safe Disposal Location

Syringe Access Programs can help stop the spread of HIV, viral hepatitis, and other blood-borne infections.


WNCAP operates two syringe access programs. Both the Needle Exchange Program of Asheville (NEPA) and the Needle Exchange Program of Franklin help decrease the rate of new cases of blood-borne infections, including HIV, viral hepatitis, and even endocarditis by replacing un-sterile syringes with sterile ones. Both of WNCAP’s syringe exchanges are judgement free and stigma free spaces.

The hours of operation for the Needle Exchange Program of Asheville are 9am-5pm on Monday through Friday with limited access on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For more information about NEPA, contact Thomas at tcospito@wncap.org or call (828) 301-2185.

The hours of operation for the Needle Exchange Program of Franklin are 5pm-6:30pm on Tuesdays and 12pm-2pm on Saturdays. For more information about the Franklin syringe exchange, contact Stephanie at stephanie@wncap.org or call (617) 828-9184.

Anyone may access safer injection and harm reduction equipment along with naloxone (Narcan), an opioid overdose reversal medication, by visiting the WNCAP office at 554 Fairview Road in Asheville (Buncombe County), or 3561 Georgia Road in Franklin (Macon County). The Centers for Disease Control​ and Prevention state that syringe access programs are effective in bringing down new cases of HIV and viral Hepatitis.  They have become increasingly important in reducing and reversing overdoses in our communities.


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Important Numbers

National HIV/AIDS Hotline:
(800) CDC-INFO (800) 232-4636

National HIV/AIDS Hotline TTY:
(888) 232-6348

National HIV/AIDS Email:
cdcinfo@cdc.gov

Hepatitis C Association Support Line:
877-HELP-4-HEP (877-435-7443)

Not only are syringe access programs effective as components of comprehensive harm reduction strategies, they offer opportunities to better one’s health outcomes, and to provide linkage to testing, care, and recovery options. They help to reduce the stigma associated with substance use and elevate the public health of the community overall.


Due to the rising tide of the opioid epidemic, which is particularly severe in Western North Carolina, demand for syringe access programs runs very high. We, with other organizations in the community work everyday to meet these needs.


The hours of operation for the Needle Exchange Program of Asheville are 9am-5pm on Monday through Friday with limited access on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For more information about NEPA, contact Thomas at tcospito@wncap.org or call (828) 301-2185.

The hours of operation for the Needle Exchange Program of Franklin are 5pm-6:30pm on Tuesdays and 12pm-2pm on Saturdays. For more information about the Franklin syringe exchange, contact Stephanie at stephanie@wncap.org or call (617) 828-9184.

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Prevention Education

WNCAP offers innovative age appropriate education programs and HIV/AIDS education materials for schools, worksites & community groups