The twenty-third annual United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) returns to Washington, D.C., on September 5-8 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. This year’s focus will be on the Administration’s plan to end the HIV epidemic in America by 2030. It will be an opportunity for health departments, community-based organizations, PLHIV, people on PrEP, national organizations, health centers, health care providers, donors, activists, and federal leaders to come together to discuss implementation of the ambitious plan in a way that prioritizes the needs of the HIV community in all of its diversity.
Alongside ending the epidemics, the conference tracks include biomedical prevention, gay men (focus on youth), leadership, opioid epidemic, PrEP for CBOs, prioritizing people living with HIV, public policy, transgender and gender non-conforming, trauma-informed care, women, and youth.
NMAC, which sponsors the annual USCA, notes on the event’s website, “Now more than ever, it is important that we convene together in solidarity to face the challenges that confront us and continue our important work to end this epidemic….
“Attending USCA,” they say, “is the best way to gain the skills needed to ensure measurable and positive results as well as convene with decision makers.”
Attending USCA will help all gain the skills needed to ensure measurable and positive. Speakers will include NMAC Executive Director Paul Kawata; CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield; and NIAID Director Dr. Tony Fauci; other HIV advocates, caregivers, educators, activists, and other speakers and special guests will be finalized. Demonstrating the popularity of this yearly conference, the host hotel, the Marriott Marquis, 901 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, is sold out. Information on the overflow hotel, the Courtyard Washington Downtown/Convention Center, is available on the “Venue” page of NMAC’s website.
To register for USCA 2019, to reserve an exhibit booth, to sponsor the conference or to submit an abstract, log on to www.2019USCA.org and use the various navigation tabs.
—Reporting by Hank Trout
Hank Trout, Senior Editor, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a forty-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his fiancé Rick. Follow him on Twitter @HankTroutWriter.