Today, there are more ways than ever to prevent HIV, such as practicing abstinence, never sharing needles, and using contraceptives. HIV prevention medicines are also available such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). Visit OMH’s Black/African American Population Profile to learn more about the disparities affecting the community. Use this page to learn more about famous Black men and women who helped advance the field and for resources on addressing HIV/AIDS.
Contributions from Black Doctors & Scholars
Mavis Thompson-Blaize, M.D. (1927-2020) was an important HIV/AIDS activist who developed one of the first Black church-based programs in the nation to assist HIV patients.
- AIDS Education & Training Center (AETC) Program resources
- Black AIDS Institute
- Black Americans and HIV/AIDS: The Basics (2020) , fact sheet from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF)
- NMAC Building Leaders of Color Living with HIV (BLOC) Program
- CDC Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign
- HIV and African American People fact sheet from CDC
- HIV and African American Gay and Bisexual Men fact sheet from CDC
- HIV in the African American Community: Progress, But Our Work is Far from Over (2018), HIV.gov blog by Richard Wolitski, Ph.D.