The Black African and Caribbean Award recognises the contributions of either a team or an individual whose innovative and culturally-specific strategies improve HIV awareness and sexual health and wellbeing in Black communities.

Public discourse about social and systemic inequalities rarely, if ever, examine how sexual health is compromised as a result of sustained and effective marginalisation. But like their higher likelihood of incarceration or exclusion from school, Black African and Caribbean communities are disproportionately affected by poor sexual health. The highest population rates of STI diagnoses are among Black people, the number of Black African women declining HIV tests when offered has increased by over 50% since 2012 and Black African heterosexual men are 20% more likely to be diagnosed with HIV late.