NASTAD is Ready for USCA!

By Meico Whitlock September 6, 2013

Every year since 1988, the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) has convened the annual United States Conference on AIDS (USCA). USCA brings together service providers, healthcare professionals, advocates, people living with HIV/AIDS, and policymakers.

This year, conference will be hosted in New Orleans, Louisiana and the focus will be on two major themes: the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs) and the need to improve the continuum of HIV care. The conference will also devote special attention to HIV/AIDS in the southern region of the U.S.

NASTAD will be on hand to share how will be on hand to share how health departments are working to the end the HIV/AIDS epidemic and to learn how we can enhance collaborations with community-based organizations.

How to Follow the Conference Online

If you are unable to attend the conference, you can follow the highlights from NASTAD through Twitter ( or Facebook (

You can also join us for a special town hall meeting “STIGMATIZED: A Town Hall to Address Stigma Impacting Black and Latino Gay Men’s Health” using Twitter hashtag #HIVstigma. The conversation will take place on Tuesday, September 10, 4:30 – 6:00 PM CT.

Visit and follow the hashtag #USCA2013 on Twitter for more information.

How to Connect with us at the Conference

NASTAD staff will host a booth in the exhibit hall. Be sure to stop by booth 605 and say “Hello!” NASTAD staff is also participating in several sessions throughout the conference:

Sunday, September 8

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM CT

  • Insurance 101 (Strand 13A, Level 2)

2:30 – 5:30 PM CT

  • NASTAD Partner Seminar: Public Health Implications and State Responses to HIV Criminalization and Modernization Efforts (Bolden 5, Level 2)

Monday, September 9

8:30 – 11:30 AM CT

  • AIDS Institute Seminar: From Policy to Practice: Health Reform and HIV and Hepatitis Testing (Imperial 1, Level 4)
  • Southern Discomfort: Utilizing the HIV Treatment Cascade to Address the Epidemic Among Black Gay Men in the South (Imperial 5C, Level 4)

4:30 – 6:00 PM CT

  • Testing and Linkage in Non-Clinical Settings: New Tools for Health Departments and Community-Based Organizations (Strand 12B, Level 2)
  • Insurance 101 (repeat session) (Imperial 5C, Level 4)

Tuesday, September 10

8:30 – 11:30 AM CT

  • Ending the Epidemic: Reimagining the Ryan White Program and the National HIV Funding Landscape to Reach Zero (Strand 12A, Level 2)
  • A New Treatment Paradigm for HIV-HCV Co-infection (Strand 11B, Level 2)

2:30 – 4:00 PM CT

  • The Gay Men’s Health Equity Toolkit: A Health Department Response to the Epidemic Among Gay Men/MSM (Imperial 5B, Level 4)

4:30 – 6:00 PM CT

  • STIGMATIZED: A Town Hall to Address Stigma Impacting Black and Latino Gay Men’s Health (Strand 12B, Level 2)
  • Health Department Programming and the Changing Landscape of HIV Prevention (Imperial 3, Level 4)
  • Navigating Access and Knowing Your Rights (Strand 11A, Level 2)

Wednesday, September 11

12:00 – 2:00 PM CT

  • Closing Plenary: ACA Call to Action (Celestin Ballroom)

We look forward to connecting with you online and seeing you in New Orleans!