2019 USCA On-Line Abstract Submission

The USCA abstract submission process is now closed. Final decisions about abstract selection will be made in May and applicants will be notified then.

Conference Tracks

Biomedical HIV Prevention

Biomedical HIV prevention has expanded options to stop the spread of the virus.  This track will focus on PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis), PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis), Treatment as Prevention (TasP) and START (Strategic Timing of Anti-Retroviral Treatment).  It will discuss the latest innovations, programs and targets in order to scale up biomedical HIV prevention programs at your agency, city or state.

2019 USAC Convention goer asks a question.

Ending the Epidemic

This track will focus on federal, state and local plans to end the US HIV epidemic. We are seeking abstracts that address topics such as: targeted PrEP programs in key jurisdictions that are driving new diagnoses and getting PLWH to undetectable viral loads.

Gay Men (focus on youth)

Gay men continue to have the highest rate of new infections and the largest number of people living with HIV in America. This track will focus on young gay men, particularly young gay men of color. Youth have the highest rates of new infections. What are the opportunity, challenges and innovations in HIV prevention, services, outreach, housing, treatment and healthcare? Is your agency open to gay men who could be directors, clients or board members?


What skills are needed to be an effective leader in the fight to end HIV? This skills building track focuses on leadership within CBOs, health centers, activist groups, and the government. Leaders are also getting old, when is it time to leave? How do you manage transition? How should our movement identify, nurture and grow the next generation? What can our movement do to support existing leaders?

2018 USCA Panel Discussion

Opioid Epidemic

Opioid Epidemic – The nation’s opioid epidemic is significantly intertwined with the increasing rates of HIV and viral hepatitis in our communities.  The conference seeks proposals that address prevention services for people injecting drugs and developing local plans to coordinate prevention, rehabilitation and treatment services.

PrEP for CBOs (Starting a PrEP Program at Your Agency)

PrEP is an important piece to End the Epidemic. Program implementation is an important skill to ensure successful PrEP navigation and Client services. Intentionally demonstrate and offer culturally responsive approaches to engage, navigate and retain vulnerable populations on PrEP. The track will focus on community-based experiences of PrEP engagement, navigation and retention.

Prioritizing People Living with HIV

This track will focus on what it means to live with HIV in America. PLWH are not a monolithic community and should not be treated like they are all the same. Stigma will be a major focus. This track will also cover aging, empowerment, self-determination, the criminal justice system, advocacy, and building a PLWH movement. The main focus will be for consumers; however, the conference also hopes to have a dialogue between providers and people living with the virus.

Public Policy

This track will focus on city, county, state and federal policies. It will examine policies that impact HIV prevention, healthcare, treatment, housing, research, and syringe exchange. It will look at federal programs like

the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid expansion, HOPWA and the Ryan White Care Act. What are the advocacy strategies to stop the criminalization of HIV transmission, increase state and federal appropriations, fund HIV research, prevention, healthcare, and to end the epidemic?

Together Ahead 2018 Convention panel

Transgender and Gender Non-conforming

This track focuses on the needs of transgender and gender nonconforming people and their lived experiences. Workshops will focus on ways organizations can include gender-affirming care to transgender and gender nonconforming people. Specific subjects include decriminalization, PrEP for transwomen and transmen, and systematic approaches for transwomen of color. Special sessions will focus on specific populations under the transgender umbrella, particularly in the South.

Trauma-Informed Care

Trauma Informed Care (TIC) is an organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. TIC also emphasizes physical, psychological and emotional safety for both consumers and providers, and helps survivors rebuild a sense of
control and empowerment. HIV, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia and xenophobia are all possible causes of trauma.  USCA seeks abstracts that address how trauma informed care ultimately results in increased retention in HIV care.


What are the latest advances in services for women living with HIV or at risk for HIV?  What are the opportunities, challenges and innovations in HIV prevention, treatment, housing, and healthcare?  What are the effective trauma-informed care and HIV-related violence prevention programs?  Is your agency open to cis and trans women directors, clients or board members?

Women at the 2018 USCA Convention


We are seeking abstracts that are focused on developing the skills of our next generation of leaders.  Topics include: HIV and public health literacy, advocacy, leadership development, and integrating youth-specific messaging in local, state and national HIV/AIDS programs.

Abstract Submission

Abstract Submission Formats

Authors are required to submit abstracts in one of the following formats:

Format I: For abstracts concerning a specific program, project or study

2018 USCA Convention panel

Title: Titles limited to 10 words

I. Workshop Description: Describe the purpose of the program, project or study. (limited to 150 words and subjected to edits by NMAC; descriptions not required for posters)
II. Methods: Briefly describe the methods or strategies used in the program.
III. Results: Describe the objective outcomes of the program, project or study. Include quantifiable data, if possible.
IV. Conclusions: State the conclusions reached as a result of the program.

Format II: For abstracts addressing a broader issue area, problem or community need

Title: Titles limited to 10 words

I. Workshop Description: Identify the topic of the proposed presentation. (limited to 150 words and subjected to edits by NMAC; descriptions not required for posters)
II. Issues: Dictating the specific issues, problems or needs it will teach or discuss.
III. Learning Objectives: Describe what the audience will learn from the presentation.
IV. Strategies, Methods, Models, Examples: Provide information about the teaching or discussion strategies and methods that will be employed. Include models or examples, if possible.


Abstracts are due on or before April 5, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. PST online at 2019USCA.org. The Abstract Review Committee will notify all applicants who submitted an abstract no earlier than May 30, 2019.

Honorariums and Reimbursements

The committee regrets that it cannot offer conference presenters honorariums or reimbursements for food and/or transportation costs. All workshop and poster presentation panels, however, will receive ONE free, non-transferable conference registration.


Contact the Conferences Division directly at conferences@nmac.org. Abstracts must be submitted online on or before April 5, 2019, by 5:00 p.m. (PST), at 2019usca.org.

2018 USCA Conference goers

The USCA abstract submission process is now closed. Final decisions about abstract selection will be made in May and applicants will be notified then.