The North Carolina AIDS Action Network

NCAAN  is the only statewide organization in North Carolina solely focused on improving the lives of people living with and affected by HIV. The NCAAN Action Team is comprised of more than 10,000 active members who are educated on important issues and mobilized through email, social media, phone banks, advocacy days, and an annual HIV advocacy conference.

Enhancing advocacy capacity is important for the North Carolina HIV community to ensure that people living with HIV have access to health care and supportive services. The North Carolina AIDS Action Network is building a powerful network of engaged and educated activists who can make their voices known in the halls of power in state government.

NCAAN has won significant victories and built toward long-term success in North Carolina. North Carolina’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program is currently fully funded, and twice in the last three years legislation that would have barred young people from receiving confidential sexual and mental health testing and treatment was defeated. In 2016 NCAAN will work to maintain current ADAP eligibility and avoid a wait list, while working administratively to implement wraparound coverage to include premium assistance for ADAP-eligible individuals who purchase health insurance. NCAAN also works with a large and diverse coalition that is dedicated to expanding Medicaid and closing the coverage gap in North Carolina.

Key Activities

  • Keep advocates across the state engaged in and educated about the current issues around HIV and what is happening at the state government
  • The ADAP Story Project has gathered dozens of stories in the last three years from North Carolinians who have been positively impacted by the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP)
  • Southern REACH supports an annual educational event at the North Carolina General Assembly and the annual HIV/AIDS Advocacy Conference jointly hosted with the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (another Southern REACH grantee)