Founded in May 1999, the Black AIDS Institute (the Institute) has become the leading HIV/AIDS voice in Black America. The Institute’s mission is to end the AIDS pandemic in Black communities by engaging and mobilizing Black institutions, leaders and individuals in efforts to confront HIV. The Institute interprets public and private sector HIV policies; conducts trainings; offers technical assistance; disseminates information; and provides advocacy and mobilization from a uniquely and unapologetically Black point of view.
People think the AIDS epidemic is over. Nothing could be further from the truth, especially in Black communities. There are about 1.2 million Americans living with HIV today. Nearly 50 percent of them are Black. Of women living with HIV in the U.S., nearly 64 percent are Black. Nearly 67 percent of newly diagnosed youth (ages 13-19) in America are Black.
The Institute does work that no one else can or will do. It fights for better and more inclusive HIV/AIDS research. It was among the leaders who first demanded, then helped craft and promote a national HIV/AIDS strategy. It’s been instrumental in helping people living with HIV and those who provide services to them to understand the Affordable Care Act and why it is so important for people living with HIV/AIDS. It was one of the first AIDS organizations to report on new biomedical interventions and the first organization to develop trainings to raise HIV science and treatment literacy in Black communities.
No one can deny that a tremendous amount of progress has been made in the fight against HIV/AIDS and for the last 15 years, the Black AIDS Institute has been front and center for most of those battles. But, with all the progress that has been made, the Institute’s mission has not yet been accomplished. We have the tools to end the AIDS epidemic in the United States, but those tools are worthless unless they are used effectively, efficiently and compassionately. That is what the Institute does every day.
Generating over 675 million media impressions in 42 states in 2013, the Institute is the single largest provider of original HIV/AIDS content in the media today. The Institute’s Black Treatment Advocates Network has chapters in 18 cities in 14 states with over 750 advocates and volunteers providing treatment education, patient navigation, voluntary disclosure support and advocacy to nearly 40,000 people.
Heroes in the Struggle Gala Reception and Awards Presentation
Black Men Honoring Black Women
Jussie Smollett, Chairman
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Darryl F. Zanuck Theater at 20th Century Fox Studios