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Dining Out For Life 2019 is Thursday, April 25
Mark your calendars for Dining Out For Life 2019 on Thursday, April 25.
 
 Dining Out For Life 2019 will take place on Thursday, April 25. In Asheville/WNC, DOFL will once again be underwritten by our longtime Presenting Sponsor, Prestige Subaru.
 
On Thursday, April 25, participating restaurants will donate 20% of their gross sales to WNCAP. Resources generated by Dining Out For Life help people survive and thrive in a world where there remains ample stigma surrounding HIV.

In 2018, thanks to the generosity of restaurants, diners, and volunteer Ambassadors, DOFL was honored with a “Best Of WNC” award by Mountain Xpress for Best Local Fundraising Event. Asheville also ranked in the top 10 DOFL cities in 2018 - outranking New York and Chicago! That is truly a testament to the community spirit (and love of fine local cuisine) that distinguishes our beautiful home.
 
 
Volunteer Ambassadors are critical to the success of Dining Out For Life. Ambassadors invite their family, friends, and colleagues to come eat out at their assigned (or chosen) restaurant. They greet diners, thank them for supporting the event, and offer diners a chance to enter a raffle for three grand prizes. Ambassadors make a critical difference in the lives of people living with HIV in our community. And it's a lot of fun! If you're interested in becoming an Ambassador, please email Chris at wncapvolunteer@wncap.org or call (828) 252-7489.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 25, 2019 and make your reservations today for Dining Out For Life. By simply dining out for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert, you just may save a life.For more information and to see the list of 2019 Participating Restaurants, visit diningoutforlife.com/city/asheville/

 
Self-Love
WNCAP & Buncombe Co. DHHS Host Valentine's Day STI Testing Event
 
Valentine's Day is an opportunity to express your love to your spouse, partner, family and friends. But this Valentine's Day, how about showing yourself some SELF LOVE? How? By knowing your status!
 
Stop by Firestorm Books & Coffee tomorrow, February 14, from 10am-1pm for a free Valentine's Day Testing event (see the Facebook event here). WNCAP and Buncombe County Health & Human Services will be on hand to administer free and fast rapid tests for HIV, Hepatitis C, and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). 
 
Getting tested for HIV and other STIs can be scary, but it's also empowering. Everyone's last HIV test expires with risky sex or other high-risk behaviors. So stop by Firestorm Books tomorrow and put your mind at ease - you're worth it!
 
Talking The Talk
President Trump's Call To End HIV/AIDS Clashes With White House Policies
 
On February 5, 2019, President Donald Trump declared in his State of the Union address that his administration's budget would request "the needed commitment to eliminate the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years." The president, calling for bipartisan unity on this issue, went on to say, "Together, we will defeat AIDS in America."
 
Even as HIV advocates across the country applauded the President's words, many questioned why, if the White House were committed to ending HIV in America, the Administration has taken so many actions that hurt people living with HIV?
 
In November 2018, the White House proposed a rule change to Medicare Part D that could make it more difficult for Medicare beneficiaries to receive antiretroviral medications, which both treat HIV and prevent the virus from spreading.
 
 
Trump has also repeatedly called for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, despite the fact that Medicaid is the largest source of health coverage for people living with HIV. And certain protections provided by the ACA, including the ban on discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, are vital for people living with HIV who purchase health insurance.
 
LGBTQ individuals face disproportionately high rates of HIV infection, especially men who have sex with men and trans women. Reducing stigma for these marginalized groups is key to detecting HIV early and treating it comprehensively. However, the Trump Administration has rolled back protections for these groups and repeatedly used stigmatizing and discriminatory language to describe them.
 
Ending HIV in a decade, and putting serious federal resources behind that goal, would be a massive step forward for the HIV Movement. But talking the talk is one thing - for those affected by HIV, walking the walk is what truly matters.
 
A Spot of Harm Reduction
Join The Harm Reduction Tea Party on Sunday, Feb. 24
The 3rd Annual Harm Reduction Tea Party will take place on Sunday, February 24, to coincide with International Family Drug Support Day. The event will take place at the Western WNCAP office - 3257 Georgia Road in Franklin, NC.
 
The event is hosted by WNCAP, Full Circle Recovery, and the WNC Harm Reduction Alliance along with global partners Families for Sensible Drug Policy and Family Drug Support.
 
Family support must be recognized as a key element in achieving positive outcomes with people experiencing problematic substance use. You can help! Come together to help save lives by helping to assemble overdose reversal kits. Build community by having a cup of tea and light refreshments and discuss ways families can support each other to reduce the harms associated with substance use.
 
All are welcome regardless if you or your loved ones use substances. If you have a loved one who is using substances and you want to be a part of the solution, join us on Sunday, February 24 to learn how!
 
For more information, please contact Stephanie at (617) 828-9184 or email stephanie@wncap.org.
 
Community Partner
Thank You to Harrin's Sand & Gravel For Your Generous Donation!
 
 
Recently, the Asheville WNCAP office experienced some trouble when water began seeping out of the street in front of the office. The City of Asheville was able to come and repair the damage, but at a cost: our parking lot, already not winning any awards for aesthetic brilliance, was covered with dirt and mud. That included the area around our bus stop, which is often-used.
 
Fortunately, we have a very kind and generous community partner in James Minton of Harrin's Sand & Gravel (828-254-2744). Mr. Minton kindly donated some gravel for us to place around our bus stop, making the area usable once again. Thank you Harrin's Sand & Gravel - we appreciate you!
 
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