The 2007 United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) is meeting in the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, CA from November 7 – 10. Palm Springs is the smallest city to ever host the conference. However, this marks the largest attendance of health care experts, service providers and those living with AIDS thus far in the 11 year history of the USCA. The USCA has had an impressive list of sessions, including institutes, seminars, workshops, roundtables, and posters.
The Desert Sun reported on the official Mayors’ Welcome Reception at Hotel Zoso:
Hundreds of people, gathered in Palm Springs for the country’s largest annual AIDS conference, raised their index fingers to the sky Thursday night.
For the millions of ones lost to the epidemic. For the millions of ones who survive. And, for the millions of ones who continue the fight.
It was a common message shared during an otherwise festive cocktail party – the official Mayors’ Welcome Reception at Hotel Zoso – for the National Minority AIDS Council’s 2007 United States Conference on AIDS.
“Too many people, for a long time, have (believed) that this is a gay man’s disease,” said Clayton Barbour, medical director of the Desert AIDS Project’s Wells Fargo HIV Health Center.
“But we are a diverse community. And everyone is at risk.”
The USCA 2007 Sponsor is the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC). NMAC was established in 1987, and is the premiere National organization dedicated to developing leadership within communities of color to address the challenges of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. For additional information on NMAC, send an e-mail to [email protected], or contact NMAC offices directly at NMAC – Main Office, 1931 13th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009-4432, Tel: (202) 483-6622, Fax: (202) 483-1135; (202) 483-1127.
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USCA 2007 is the nation’s largest AIDS conference. USCA 2007 is covering all areas of HIV/AIDS related topics such as Treatment and Research, Housing, Nutrition, Prevention, Public Policy, Building Healthy Organizations, Care and Primary Care, and other special issues. USCA 2007 has over 150 exhibitors and has attracted over 4,000 attendees working in all areas of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic. USCA 2007 highlights the risk of HIV/AIDS in the Native American community.
“Too many people, for a long time, have (believed) that this is a gay man’s disease,” said Clayton Barbour, Medical Director of the Desert AIDS Project’s (DAP) Wells Fargo HIV Health Center. DAP provides medical care and comprehensive support services to people living with HIV/AIDS in the Coachella Valley. Free, anonymous HIV testing is available, as well as counseling, home health services, legal assistance, and assistance with housing, medications, food, re-employment, and more. Prevention and education outreach is available to any group. As a fundraiser, DAP operates 5 thrift stores including Revivals in Cathedral City, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and Desert Hot Springs. To make a donation, volunteer, or for more info on DAP call 760-323-2118.
USCA 2007 Program Partners include:
- AIDS Action
- The AIDS Institute
- AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth and Families
- AIDS Medicine and Miracles
- American Academy of HIV Medicine
- Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
- Association of Nutrition Services Agencies
- The Balm in Gilead
- CAEAR Foundation
- Camp Heartland
- Elton John AIDS Foundation
- Mothers’ Voices – United to End AIDS
- The NAMES Project Foundation
- National AIDS Housing Coalition
- National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors
- National Association of People with AIDS
- National Native American AIDS Prevention Center