Windy City Times (Chicago) (11.09.11) - Thursday, November
Thursday marks the start of the US Conference on AIDS (USCA),
which continues through Sunday in Chicago. Some 3,000 to 5,000
HIV service providers and advocates are expected to attend the
gathering, which is sponsored by the National Minority AIDS
This year's USCA theme is "Make Change Real: Unite. Speak.
Act." The focus is on men who have sex with men, a population
that continues to be disproportionately affected by HIV. Key
discussion topics include the funding challenges faced by
providers; the potential for pre-exposure prophylaxis as an
HIV prevention tool; and the implementation of the Affordable
Care Act. Conference tracks vary according to attendees' areas
US Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is
scheduled to deliver the opening plenary's keynote address.
Other speakers include outgoing White House Office of National
AIDS Policy Director Jeffrey Crowley; Dr. Julio Montaner of
the British Columbia Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS; Elton
John AIDS Foundation chair David Furnish; Bertrand Audoin,
executive director of the International AIDS Society; and CNN
anchor Don Lemon.
USCA will highlight the work of local service providers with
two receptions on Nov. 12: at the Center on Halsted and at the
Puerto Rican Cultural Center. Both events are open to
registered conference attendees.
"It is such a pivotal time for this conference, in this place,
at this time, as HIV and AIDS continue to negatively impact
gay and bisexual men and people of color," said Modesto "Tico"
Valle, CEO of the Center on Halsted. "There is new hope on the
horizon and each one of us has a role to play in moving us
forward toward a cure."
For more information, visit www.nmac.org.