Black Americans represent the largest population affected by HIV/AIDS in the United States, making up 51% of cases, but they remain the group least enrolled in care. Health disparities and limited access to critical health services pose significant challenges to improving HIV treatment outcomes and bridging the gap to care in black communities.
We provided technical, strategic and communications support to the Black Treatment Advocates Network (BTAN), a unique collaboration that links Black Americans with HIV into care and treatment, strengthens leadership and advocates for policy change and research priorities. We supported BTAN’s local and national recruitment efforts, provide on-the-ground programmatic support in several high-prevalence markets and conducted sustained issues and media monitoring to keep BTAN informed of emerging challenges in the treatment environment. Working with BTAN, we helped start a new era in Black HIV/AIDS advocacy.