To mark its 25th anniversary, the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) is brining the U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA), the largest annual AIDS-related gathering in the country, to Las Vegas from September 30-October 3, 2012.  For more than 15 years, USCA has sought to increase the strength and diversity of the community-based response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic through education, training, new partnerships, collaboration and networking.

This year, USCA will work to highlight the changes in our movement that have brought us closer than ever to ending the epidemic, and ways that we can move forward as a community to make this dream a reality.  The program will address ways that the Affordable Care Act will improve access to care for people living with HIV/AIDS, the future of the Ryan White Program, High Impact Prevention and biomedical advances that will help us realize an AIDS-free generation.  Presenters will include high level government officials and leaders from the national HIV/AIDS community, including Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Administrator Pam Hyde.  Also appearing will be Jamar Rogers from NBC’s The Voice and Mondo Guerra, of Project Runway fame.

WHAT:                  United States Conference on AIDS

WHERE:                Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada

WHEN:                  September 30-October 3, 2012

WHO:                     National Minority AIDS Council

In 1986, the American Public Health Association (APHA) held its first ever plenary on AIDS at its annual meeting in Las Vegas.  Unfortunately, there were no people of color included on its panel.  In response, leaders from communities of color across the U.S. came together to highlight the unique challenges the epidemic posed for minority communities.  Out of this gathering, NMAC was born – the only national organization focused on developing leadership in communities of color to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  To commemorate this occasion, NMAC is bringing USCA, its signature event and the largest domestic annual AIDS conference, back to Las Vegas.  For more information, visit

**A media room will be available to press who wish to attend.  To register, please fill out a Media Registration Application and return to NMAC’s Senior Communications Manager Kyle Murphy at  On site registration will also be available in the Media Room located in the conference center. You may also download the USCA 2012 Media Kit by clicking here.**