Founded in May of 1999, The Black AIDS Institute (The Institute) is the only national HIV/AIDS think tank focused exclusively on Black people. The Institute's mission is to stop the AIDS pandemic in Black communities by engaging and mobilizing Black institutions 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 from a uniquely and unapologetically Black point of view. In short, our job is to get Black folks involved in fighting AIDS and creating a cultural shift in our communities.
The purpose of this corporation is to conduct policy development and training activities designed to reduce the rate of new HIV infections in African-Americans living with HIV infections in deriving the maximum benefit from currently available and developing therapies and interventions, including but not limited to drug therapies, and to improve their lives "by any means necessary" consistent with applicable law and public benefit purpose. In the context of these general purposes the corporation shall also conduct research and publishing activities designed to support the above-described policy development and training activities.