2021 USCHA Goes Virtual Due to COVID Resurgence

2021 USCHA Goes Virtual Due to COVID Resurgence

In May of this year, organizers at NMAC announced plans for a live, in-person gathering for the U.S. Conference on HIV/AIDS (USCHA) during October 2021, in Washington, D.C., after morphing into a virtual event in 2020. At the time, Paul Kawata, Executive Director of NMAC, said, “Some of you may think we are overly optimistic to think USCHA can happen in person this October.”

Unfortunately, the continuing spread of new variants of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has led organizers to scrap plans for an in-person event and to move the 2021 iteration of USCHA to a virtual meeting again.

The virtual USCHA will take place December 2–3, 2021.

“This is not the announcement we wanted to make,” Paul Kawata, Executive Director of NMAC, said in a press release. “We were very hopeful that we could hold an in-person USCHA this year. However, the health and safety of our constituents must be our primary concern. The continued spread of the Delta variant and the data from both the Provincetown outbreak and the Berlin study about the impact of Covid on people living with HIV led us to this decision. We are as disappointed as everyone else by the need to make this decision, but we could not, in good conscience, potentially put attendees at risk of exposure.”

Attendees can still register for the virtual event for a fee of $295. Between the 10th and the 13th of August, NMAC will email all current registrants with instructions on either transferring or cancelling their registration. (If you have registered but do not receive the email, please contact NMAC at [email protected].) Registrants who decide not to attend the virtual event have four options:

Option 1: Keep their registration to attend the virtual USCHA Conference. NMAC will refund the difference. Refunds will be processed in three-to-four weeks.

Option 2: Transfer registration to the 2022 USCHA in Puerto Rico.

Option 3: Cancel registration and get a full refund.

Option 4: Donate registration payment to NMAC.

NMAC fights for health equity and racial justice to end the HIV epidemic in America through a variety of programs and services. For more information please log on to www.nmac.org. For more information and/or to register for USCHA, please log on to https://uscha.life/ or write to the organizers at [email protected].

—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 husband Rick.