National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is observed each year with the goals to increase HIV education, testing, community involvement and treatment in African American communities, celebrate progress in HIV prevention among African Americans, and take actions to expand progress.

In recent years, HIV diagnoses have declined among African Americans, with a 20% decrease from 2011 to 2015 among African American women. This improvement may be an indication that targeted HIV prevention efforts among some of the most-affected populations is working—National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a reminder that we must continue to build on this success now and into the future.

CBS New York recently visited New York Blood Center’s Project ACHIEVE team. Project ACHIEVE is committed to conducting HIV prevention research, including developing and testing biomedical (vaccines, PrEP) and behavioral interventions.

Learn more about Project Achieve