How Do I Get To The 2019 USCA?

Marriott Marquis Washington, DC

901 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-824-9200

Local Airport:

Marriott Marquis Map ImageReagan Washington National Airport (DCA)  is approximately 4.6 miles away from the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC and the most accessible airport to the conference venue.

Estimated Taxi Fare: $16 USD

Estimated UberX Fare: $13-17 USD


What Are The Registration Hours?

Wednesday, September 4          4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Thursday, September 5              7:30 am to 5:00 pm
Friday, September 6                    8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday, September 7               9:00 am to 3:00 pm

What Meals Will Be Provided?

Please note that the following meals will be provided at the conference:

September 5: Lunch
September 6: Lunch
September 7: Lunch
September 8: Lunch

It is suggested that attendees allocate $76 as a daily food allowance (based on the GSA per diem rate for Washington, DC).

What is the Dress Code for USCA?

The dress code for USCA is business casual attire during the conference.

How Do I Make a Hotel Reservation?

Only conference registrants can make a hotel reservation at the special 2019 USCA rate.

You must submit a paid USCA registration first to be able to make a hotel registration. Your confirmation email will include a link to make a reservation at the hotel. Please do not contact the hotel directly as the Marriott Marquis DC will only reserve rooms for registered attendees that have been confirmed by NMAC.

For more information about the hotel, please visit http://2019usca.org/our-venue.

How Do I Submit an Abstract?

Submissions are accepted through the online portal only. The submission deadline is Friday, April 5, 2019.  To submit an abstract please follow the instructions listed on the Abstract Tab.

Does USCA Offer Scholarships?

Yes. USCA offers scholarships to help defray the cost of conference attendance. There are two types of scholarships offered specifically for USCA:

Option A: USCA Registration Only

Option B: USCA Registration, $100.00 travel subsidy and four (4) nights lodging at the official conference hotel

Other NMAC programs also offer opportunities to attend the conference. More information about all scholarships offered and how to apply, will be available February 15, 2019.

What Is The Protest Policy?

NMAC and its program partners encourage freedom of expression as an essential principle in the response to HIV. Activism has always played a central role in our movement and we encourage debate and dialogue as key elements of USCA, including the right to peacefully protest. However, NMAC and its partners oppose the disruption of conference sessions, satellite meetings or exhibitions that results in the inability of attendees to take full advantage of the learning and educational opportunities available at the conference. We ask that everyone respect the mission, spirit and integrity of USCA and use their best judgment if/when organizing demonstrations. For those who will be organizing demonstrations or protests during any part of the conference, including the Exhibit Hall, we ask that you kindly inform Conferences staff (conferences@nmac.org) and designate a contact person for your demonstration. We also ask that you:

  1. Limit all demonstrations in the conference exhibit hall to the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
  2. Limit all demonstrations to no more than 15 minutes.
  3. Hold no more than one demonstration per day.

NMAC reserves the right to determine whether a demonstration is disruptive and/or detrimental to the mission and values of USCA. We appreciate the need for freedom of expression. We also want to balance this need with the needs of our constituents, sponsors, and exhibitors to ensure that USCA is productive for everyone. As such, we require all attendees to follow these policies. If you do not, you may be escorted out of the conference and banned from attending future NMAC sponsored conferences.

What is an affinity session?

Affinity Sessions  are impromptu meetings of conference attendees who want to discuss a particular subject.

The affinity session schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday,  September 5, 6:15 – 7:15 PM
  • Friday, September 6, 6:30 – 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, September 7, 6:30 – 7:30 PM

To reserve an affinity session use the link below. Confirmation of your time and location will come in August 2019.


How can I volunteer?

The DC host Committee is now accepting applications to volunteer for USCA.



If any accommodations are needed, please contact Alison McKeithen at 202-930-2567 or via email at Conferences@nmac.org. Requests should be made as soon as possible but at least 1 week prior to the scheduled meeting.
Attendees who need additional time or assistance will have a designated entrance to the plenary sessions.  If you arrive before the doors open, please see a Plenary Monitor for additional information. Plenary sessions are in the Marquis Ballroom, Meeting Level 2.

Deaf or Hard of Hearing

If you are in need of Sign Language Interpretation and did not indicate this need on your registration, please contact conferences@nmac.org and a staff member will connect you with an interpretation team. All plenary sessions will have a reserved table where the designated interpreters will be available.

Mobility Assistance

If you are in need of a scooter to assist with mobility, please feel free to reach out to the vendors below who have availability during USCA:

Wheel Around Rentals:

202-367-9965, Henry
Call today for an additional discount off $199 ( pre tax)
Costs include delivery fees

Orthopedic Mobility Rental:

$212 plus taxes and delivery
Visit website to complete their form ( green link)

Express Mobility Services:

$225 plus tax includes delivery
Will need appx height and weight.
Ask for the scooter September 4-8, drop off location to be the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC. You will be able to pick up your scooter at the Front Desk.