The Black AIDS Institute Invites You to Join the National Black Treatment Advocates Network!

The Black AIDS Institute is launching a new program that expands the Black Treatment Advocates Network (BTAN). Until recently, BTAN has been a program for advocates in select cities. The new program will make BTAN accessible in all regions of the United States.

As an HIV/AIDS stakeholder, you are connected to professionals that we are determined to engage in the National Black Treatment Advocates Network (BTAN).

The National BTAN works to improve HIV care and treatment for African Americans through training, networking, and mobilizing to address the disproportionate impact HIV/AIDS has on Black communities. The National Network works to strengthen leadership, both locally and nationally, by connecting influential peers, raising HIV science and treatment literacy, and advocating for policy change and research priorities.

This year, we especially hope to engage people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), men who have sex with men (MSM), women, heterosexual men, youth, young adults, Black immigrants, transgendered people, traditional Black institutions, faith based organizations, clinicians, educational institutions, and public health professionals in the National Network.

BTAN membership begins with the review of training materials, and the passing of an assessment on HIV science, prevention, and treatment. Members then begin working on one committee and one working group, by participating in two conference calls per month. Membership is open to everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, age, or profession.

If you or someone you know would like to get involved in the National Network, they should do the following:

  1. Fill out an application at
  2. After you apply, you will get an email from with the entry assessment study materials
  3. Study entry assessment powerpoint presentations on HIV/AIDS Science and National BTAN committees/working groups
  4. Take the entry assessment at

Feel free to contact Josephine Ayankoya with any questions that you may have.