Health and Asheville
The AIDS Memorial Quilt  and Names Project

Activist Cleve Jones began The AIDS Memorial Quilt in 1987. 1,920 panels were first displayed in the nation’s capital during the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in 1987, to highlight the scale of
 the epidemic. 

By 2007, the Quilt included more than 46,000 panels representing over 80,000 people and it continues to grow.
 It is a memorial to those lost to AIDS, a tool for preventing new HIV infections, and the world’s largest ongoing community art project.

Each section of the AIDS Quilt is twelve feet square, and typically consists of eight individual three foot by six foot panels sewn together. 

There are currently more than 40,000 panels, and virtually every one of them memorializes the life of a person lost to AIDS.
Throughout its history, The AIDS Memorial Quilt has been used to fight prejudice, raise awareness and funding, as a means to link hands with the global community in the struggle against AIDS, and as an effective tool in HIV and AIDS education and prevention.

Providing services to Western North Carolina since 1986
with more than just HIV/AIDS.
Now with expanded services and programs for better health awareness, prevention, and care of our WNC  community.
HEALTHY LIVING from Michael Harney 

We are fortunate to have Michael Harney who for over 30 years has been out in the community promoting sound health practices (affectionately known as "the rubber man"), working with WNCAP and writing articles on current health strides from his attendance at conferences and seminars.  
Coverage of 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science​
July 23-26, 2017 by Michael Harney
Bonjour et Bienvenue to conference coverage being held in Paris, France at the Palais des Congrès. 
The start of this prestigious gathering occurred the same day as the Tour de France came to an end at the Arc de Triomphe. Approximately 6,000 attendees from around the world are everywhere, speaking many different languages, and peacefully experiencing the wonders of this magnificent city 
of gastronomy, fashion, history, and innovative science.

Overall, the direction of the research being reported this week has much to do with reaching the worldwide goal known as 90-90-90 by 2020. That is, to have 90% of people who have HIV know their status, that 90% of those diagnosed be in care receiving antiretroviral treatment, and that 90% of those in care have a suppressed viral load.

 Find out more about research results, recommendations and additions from Michael's article Here. 

Additional Coverage of research from the 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science​ 
July 23-26, 2017 by Michael Harney

Bonsoir Mesdames et Messieurs; The days begin early and end late in Paris at the 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science.  

Details on male and female condoms, presentation of other sexual transmitted diseases along with innovative Needle Exchange vending machines in Paris. 
On the early side of the penultimate day here, researchers at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa presented data gathered over twenty years of scaling up the use and distribution of female condoms – sometimes known as insertive condoms. In 2016, 27 million of these “biomedical devices” 
Discover how the French have created new innovative Needle Vending machines and more Here.
Education and Outreach Programs
WNCAP has been a leader in programs to educate both individuals, schools, groups and businesses on everything from what HIV/AIDS is about to prevention and "living with HIV/AIDS." 
To learn more about how you can get information for yourself or others
Go to the Education Page 
Support for newly diagnosed, client and case management
Have you recently been diagnosed or moved to the area with HIV/AIDS?  WNCAP provides complete support and case management resources. To find out more 
Newly Diagnosed
Case Management
Testing Programs beyond HIV/AIDS
WNCAP provides free and confidential rapid HIV and Hepatitis C testing by appointment for individuals. Testing is available at the Asheville office, Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. WNCAP also provides HIV and Hepatitis C testing at a variety of venues in the community as do the county health departments.  KNOW YOUR STATUS!
For more information, regional and national reference numbers
Community Resources for Food, Shelter, and Support
Residents of Asheville and Western North Carolina are fortunate to have so many organizations and resources to assist persons and families living with HIV/AIDS. 
For food assistance from Loving Food Resources See LFR
For housing assistance resources See HOME
Crisis Assistance for housing, financial see HELP

Current Special WNCAP Event
The bulk of the operating budget comes from community support and through the efforts of numerous specialty fund raisers throughout the year.

The next event is the annual Raise Your Hand Auction
For Tickets and more information See AUCTION
Every year, the fourth week of November, WNCAP is honored to bring panels from the Aids Memorial Quilt to Asheville for viewing.  Exact dates and location will be included later, along with opening exhibit ceremony. 

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