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. Exit Disclaimer (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.



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