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NC advocates work to reduce HIV transmission and stigma

By Elizabeth Thompson As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, North Carolinians sheltered in place, masked up and maintained distance, all in an effort to stop the spread of the infectious disease. Along the way, many people may have forgotten about getting tested for other infectious diseases, such as HIV. But that disease hasn’t gone away. One…

Strings attached to new state funds for addiction treatment in jails

By Taylor Knopf State lawmakers are making $2 million available to North Carolina sheriffs to start or expand opioid addiction treatment programs in their jails, but the money comes with a big caveat.  The $2 million grant program included in the state budget late last year specifies that the funds can be used to provide…

In the wake of Supreme Court leak, NC advocates ponder the future of abortion in the state

By Elizabeth Thompson and Rose Hoban As abortion rights advocates across the country chewed over a leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion that would strike down the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion, North Carolina Democrats emphasized the importance of the state government’s role in keeping abortion legal. At a press conference…