The Mission of Black CAP is 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 is an organization that works to reduce HIV/AIDS in Toronto’s Black, African and Caribbean communities and enhance the quality of life of Black people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. HIV/AIDS is spreading quickly in Toronto’s Black communities and we believe that our work is more important than ever. At this time, Black, African and Caribbean people account for more than one-fifth of all new HIV infections in Toronto, in the early nineties we made up only one-tenth of new HIV infections. Issues of HIV related stigma and discrimination, homophobia, anti-Black racism, immigration, poverty, and barriers to social inclusion also continue to make our work harder.
Did you know that:
- Rates of HIV infection in our community have more than doubled since the year 2000
- Of all Black people infected with HIV in Toronto, 2/3rds are males.
- About half of African, Caribbean and Black people in Ontario who carry the virus that causes AIDS don’t know it.
- Almost 2 of every three people living with HIV in Ontario live in Toronto.
- Black women are increasingly at risk of HIV infection and Black women represent about 2/3rds of women in Toronto infected with HIV
- Black gay, bisexual and straight-identified men who have sex with men represent approximately one of five gay men newly diagnosed with HIV
As a non-profit, volunteer-driven, community service organization, we give support to those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and raise awareness of the impact of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) within Toronto’s African, Caribbean and Black communities. We also work to create inclusive spaces for people living with HIV/AIDS, immigrants and refugees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transexual members of our community. While Black CAP uses the words Black, African and Caribbean to describe the communities we serve, we acknowledge and are committed to serving other racial and ethnic groups who identify with areas of the world identified with the Black/African diaspora. The organization will not refuse service to anyone seeking services and will at minimum make the appropriate referral.
Founded in 1989, Black CAP has worked to meet its mission in our Black communities. Our work is also guided by our motto, ‘Because All Black People’s Lives Are Important’, and it stands as a reminder of the importance of our commitment to our community. Our logo is comprised of four Adinkra symbols from the Akan people of Ghana that symbolize:
Together we are linked in life and death.
- We believe in a holistic approach to HIV/AIDS education, prevention and support.
- We recognize HIV/AIDS as a manageable, chronic disease.
- We acknowledge the presence and impact of racism, sexism, heterosexism, homophobia, classism and other forms of discrimination on our lives as Black people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.