The National Task Force on AIDS Prevention (NTFAP) records document the establishment, development, and growth of this nationally
significant organization. It was originated to serve as an advocacy and outreach group specifically targeting gay men of color,
a frequently under-served population.
The National Task Force on AIDS Prevention (NTFAP) originated as a program of the National Association of Black and White
Men Together (NABWMT), a multi-racial gay organization. NTFAP was officially founded in July of 1988, but was preceded by
AIDS education and support work carried out by BWMT chapters across the country.
The San Francisco chapter of BWMT was the first to work with AIDS education and prevention, starting in the mid-1980's. Members
of the National Board saw this work as an effective model and wanted to carry it to other communities. It was becoming clear
throughout the later 1980s that the rate of infection among gay men of color was increasing much faster than that of white
gay men, and that new methods of outreach needed to be developed. NTFAP was created as a vehicle to foster culturally appropriate
education and prevention specifically geared to gay and bisexual men of color. Although much of its actual service has been
performed locally, this has always been intended as model testing for a national audience of BWMT chapters and other groups
working with gay and bi men of color.
The San Francisco Chapter of BWMT formed its AIDS Task Force in 1985. This evolved into a non-profit AIDS service provider,
Bay Area HIV Support and Education Services (BAHSES) by the late 1980s. NTFAP originally organized under BAHSES and contracts
were secured under its non-profit status. In 1992 NTFAP received its own non-profit status and direct ties between it and
BAHSES began to unravel. BAHSES weakened and eventually closed in early 1994.
As NTFAP grew in the 1990s under its first director Reggie Williams, much of the focus was on NTFAP's mission to help develop
similar organizations in other cities. An exception was the popular walk-in counseling and educational program, the Brothers
Network, NTFAP opened to help local gay and bisexual men and transgender people.
Some of the major programs contracted for by NTFAP have been jointly developed and run with other people of color groups.
Chief among these is the Gay Men of Color Consortium, a coalition of the various gay men of color AIDS organizations in San
Francisco. Because of its size and multicultural nature, NTFAP was chosen as the lead agency for these programs, and contracts
were awarded to NTFAP. Among these programs have been Early Advocacy and Care for HIV (EACH), Educational Models for Community
Change (EMC2), and the Brothers Network.
In the late 1990s the Task Force had a financial crisis that unexpectedly destroyed the organization. In lieu of back rent,
the manager of the building the NTFAP offices had been in (973 Market), seized furnishings, filing cabinets, and many cartons
of records which were moved into basement storage.
Note: This organizational history was largely taken from Finding Aid to the National Task Force on AIDS Prevention, 1986-1994,
MSS 94-59 at the University of California, San Francisco, accessed through the Online Archive of California, September 2,