We Are NC AIDS Action Network.
The North Carolina AIDS Action Network was initially birthed out of the need to end the state’s HIV Medication Assistance Program (formerly known as the AIDS Drug Assistance Program) waitlist — once the longest in the nation. As a result of the North Carolina AIDS Action Network’s advocacy, North Carolina’s HIV Medication Assistance Program ended its waitlist and remains fully funded.
Since its incorporation in 2010, more than 20,000 people have taken action with the organization, resulting in numerous legislative victories and tangible real change for individuals living with HIV & AIDS in North Carolina. More than 7,600 people have asked the Governor to ensure that every North Carolinian living with and at risk for HIV has access to comprehensive healthcare, and the organization has twice successfully stopped legislation which would have taken away minors’ rights to consent to sexual and mental health testing and treatment.
Beyond policy change, the North Carolina AIDS Action Network works to cultivate new leaders and create community in the HIV & AIDS advocacy movement. We believe that people living with HIV & AIDS are an invaluable driving force of the HIV & AIDS movement and we strive to uplift their voices and meaningfully involve them in our work. Our advocates have contributed to media stories in the state’s major media markets and small-town papers, in addition to blogging, speaking at events and gaining national recognition for their leadership. Each year, over 100 people volunteer and participate in a variety of advocacy activities, such as event outreach, data entry and phone banks. Our annual HIV & AIDS advocacy day at the General Assembly, HIV Speaks on Jones Street, brings advocates from the mountains to the coast to educate lawmakers about HIV & AIDS issues, while our annual HIV & AIDS Advocacy Conference in the fall draws in more than 100 people for workshops and fellowship with advocates from North Carolina and across the South.
The North Carolina AIDS Action Network improves the lives of people living with HIV & AIDS and affected communities through outreach and public education, policy advocacy, and community-building to increase visibility and mutual support of people living with HIV & AIDS throughout our state.
The North Carolina AIDS Action Network envisions a state that values the voices, knowledge, and life experiences of people living with HIV & AIDS; where HIV education and healthcare are accessible, fact-based, compassionate, and without moral judgment; and where people living with HIV & AIDS live in a community of mutual support and are treated as whole individuals worthy of love, respect, and dignity.