Since 1989, the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP) has worked to respond to the threat of HIV and AIDS in Toronto’s African, Caribbean and Black communities. Our work is guided by our motto, ‘Because All Black People’s Lives Are Important’, which serves as a reminder of our commitment to the human rights and dignity of all Black people who are vulnerable to HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
The reality is that more Black, African and Caribbean people are living with HIV and AIDS than ever. At this time about 1 in 5 people living with HIV in Ontario are African, Caribbean or Black, yet we make up 1 in 20 of Ontario’s overall population. Black CAP is an important resource for the thousands of Black people in Toronto living with, or at risk for, HIV, AIDS and STIs.
Black CAP is Canada’s largest Black specific AIDS service organization. Our volunteer Board provides oversight and leadership, while our staff deliver programs and services that helps us meet our mission to:
- Reduce the spread of HIV infection within Toronto’s Black communities
- Enhance the quality of life of people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS
Black CAP works to create culturally relevant outreach, prevention and support services for people infected with, affected by, or at risk of contracting HIV. The work that we do is necessary, but it is not easy. Social barriers like HIV stigma, racism, homophobia and poverty make our work more difficult, however it’s our understanding of these barriers that strengthen Black CAP’s efforts.
We deliver support services that meet the health and wellness needs of our clients who are living with or affected by HIV or AIDS. To do this, we provide much needed counselling, settlement, practical and peer support, employment, housing and social support services that help people achieve their goals.
We also work with men, women, youth and LGBTQ communities to increase their knowledge and reduce their vulnerability to HIV, AIDS and sexually transmitted infections. This is accomplished through prevention, outreach and harm reduction programming that is delivered in communities across Toronto.
We need your help and we need you to get involved in the fight as a donor or volunteer.