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WNCAP Awarded Highly Competitive Grant
WNCAP has been awarded a $62,000 grant for the purpose of HIV prevention, PrEP distribution, and advocacy. The grant is part of the AIDS United Southern HIV Impact Fund, organized by the group Funders Concerned About AIDS, to specifically address the HIV epidemic in the southeastern United States. The Southern HIV Impact Fund is generously supported by Gilead Sciences, the Ford Foundation, Elton John AIDS Foundation, ViiV Healthcare, and Johnson & Johnson, and is distributed through AIDS United.
 
The grant will help support a number of new and ongoing WNCAP initiatives, including PrEP distribution to individuals who could not otherwise access the medication due to income or insurance coverage. It will also help fund initiatives to increase WNCAP client engagement, such as a client-generated newsletter and voter education.
 
The Southern HIV Impact Fund was created when Funders Concerned About AIDS convened a group of funders interested in a collaboration to create leveraged impact on the HIV epidemic in the South. In 2015, the Southern U.S. accounted for 38 percent of the total U.S. population, yet an estimated 50 percent of all new HIV diagnoses occur in the South. The South also has the highest rate of stage-three HIV infections (AIDS) as well as the lowest survival rates in the nation for those living with HIV/AIDS. 40 percent of all Americans living with AIDS reside in the South.
 
This grant is a huge step forward in eliminating new HIV diagnoses and empowering those currently living with HIV/AIDS.
HIV Prevention
WNCAP Begins Affordable PrEP Distribution
 
Starting on January 1st of this year, WNCAP began distributing PrEP to eligible individuals. PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a daily pill used for HIV prevention by HIV-negative individuals who are at high risk for exposure. Taking PrEP daily can reduce the risk of HIV infection from sexual contact by more than 90%, and HIV infection from injecting drugs by more than 70%.
 
WNCAP is making PrEP affordable for people who normally would not be able to access the medication, such as the uninsured or underinsured. Eligible individuals could pay little or nothing for their PrEP.
 
In addition to reduced costs, WNCAP Pharmacy Services clients will also receive automatic home delivery in convenient and discreet packaging. PrEP is available by prescription only and isn’t right for everyone. There are many factors to consider, so patients are encouraged to speak with their health care provider to learn more.
 
Additionally, WNCAP Pharmacy Services will be offering PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) to individuals who believe they may have come into contact with the HIV virus and have obtained a prescription from their health care provider. PEP must be started within 72 hours of potential exposure to be effective, taken daily for 28 days, and is recommended for emergency situations only.
 
For more information about WNCAP's new PrEP and PEP services, contact Pharmacy Services Navigator Amanda Wood at AmandaWood@wncap.org or (828) 318-6628
 
Season of Giving
Thank You to All Who Gave to the 2017 Year End Campaign
 
The 2017 WNCAP Year End Campaign was a huge success, smashing through our goal to raise over $11,000 so far. 100% of that money will go to HIV prevention tools, community outreach, and advocacy. During a time when health and social safety net programs are increasingly at risk, contributions from the community are especially vital to ending the HIV epidemic in the South and improving the quality of life for those living with HIV/AIDS.
 
Our sincerest thanks to all those who contributed. And, even though 2017 is behind us, there is still a chance to join the Year End Campaign by giving now. Again, thank you so much. WNCAP saves lives - but we can't do it alone!
Helping the Community
Seeking Donations of Household Items
 
We all need household necessities to carry on with the normal business of everyday living. But too often, we take things like dish towels and vacuum cleaners for granted. 
 
Several WNCAP clients are in dire need of household items, especially:
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Silverware
  • Pots/Pans
  • Eye covers for stove
  • Dish cloths
  • Food storage containers
  • Towels/ wash cloths
  • Queen size sheets
  • Full size sheets
  • Extendable duster
  • Brown/black curtains for living room
  • Silver/black curtains for bedroom
  • Kitchen table and chairs
  • Lamps
  • Coffee table/end tables
 
If you would like to donate any of the above items, please contact Lacy Hoyle at lacyhoyle@wncap.org or Norma Canada Smith at norma@wncap.org. You can also call the WNCAP office at (828) 252-7489 or just stop by at 554 Fairview Rd. in Asheville between 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday. Thank you for your generosity!
 
Special Delivery
Thank You to NCDHHS for the Shipment of Condoms!
 
Last week, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services delivered a huge load of condoms to WNCAP. These will go a long way in spreading HIV prevention throughout our community. Thanks!
 
End Human Trafficking
National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is January 11
 
Many people believe that slavery in America ended over 150 years ago. But slavery, in the form of human trafficking, still exists across the globe and in this country.
 
Human Trafficking Awareness Day was established by a 2007 Senate resolution for the purpose of raising awareness about the existence of human trafficking, and as an opportunity to advocate for improved systems of combatting trafficking and to increase education about how systems of trafficking function.
 
Victims of human trafficking are frequently forced into risky behaviors that can increase the chance of HIV or Hepatitis C. Ending trafficking is a form of HIV prevention.
 
#EndSlavery
Content of Our Character
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is January 15
 
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated on Monday, January 15. WNCAP offices will be closed on January 15 and on the previous Friday, January 12, in honor of the holiday.
 
There are a number of local MLK Day events. The MLK Association of Asheville is presenting their annual Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, January 13, as well as a peace march to Pack Square on the 15.
 
Kenilworth Presbyterian Church is holding a potluck from 5:30pm-6:30pm on Monday, January 15. This will be followed by a celebration featuring keynote speaker Lewis Brandon. Mr. Lewis is an Asheville native and was the chief strategist for desegregating the lunch counters and movie theaters in Greensboro from 1960-1963. 
 
A full list of local events can be found here. Enjoy the holiday!
 
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