The actor and singer was honored by the Black AIDS Institute on World AIDS Day.
"The only bad HIV test is the one you don't take."
The legendary singer and advocate is spreading awareness about the global AIDS epidemic.
AIDS was often used as a punchline because it was seen only as a gay disease, and therefore warranted ridicule from comedians such as Andrew "Dice" Clay and Eddie Murphy.
And it's very emotional.
"End the epidemic by 2020," said Bill de Blasio. "It's as simple as that."