Recognizing Leadership - National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Content From: HIV.govPublished: January 25, 20191 min read


Phill Wilson, founder of the Black AIDS Institute,
Credit: Black AIDS Institute

As we prepare to observe National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) 2019, the team extends our heartfelt thanks to Phill Wilson, founder of the Black AIDS Institute (BAI)Exit Disclaimer, for his longstanding service in the response to HIV and AIDS.

Phill recently retired from his role at BAI, so we wanted to take a moment to recognize the impact of his work building systems and programs to ensure that people at risk for, or living with, HIV and AIDS received the prevention, care, and treatment services they needed. His work saved lives and guided many of us—including—to do better work in the response to HIV.

The following is one of our favorite quotes from Phill:

"I used to say that I did not believe that I would live to see the end of this epidemic. I don't say that anymore. I believe that it is entirely possible that I will see the end of the epidemic, but we are at one of those deciding moments. Whether we end it now or not is totally up to us."

For more information on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, visit this newly launched community site for NBHAADExit Disclaimer.