Archive | July 2010

Nichelle Mitchem Discusses Moving Toward a World without AIDS

The United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) is scheduled for September 12-15, 2010, at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, in Orlando, Florida. USCA’s mission is to increase the strength and diversity of the community-based response to the AIDS epidemic through education, training, new partnerships, collaboration and networking. According to the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), the United States Conference on AIDS is the largest AIDS-related gathering in the nation.

This year, United States Conference on AIDS is anticipated to bring together over 3,000 workers from all fronts of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The conference goal is to build national support networks, exchange the latest information and learn cutting-edge tools to address the challenges of HIV/AIDS.

The Center for Diseases Control and Prevention reports that the cumulative estimated number of AIDS diagnoses through 2008 in the United States and dependent areas was 1,106,391. Of these, 1,073,128 were diagnosed in the 50 states and the District of Columbia and 33,262 were diagnosed in the dependent areas.  In the 50 states and the District of Columbia, 851,974 cumulative AIDS diagnoses were among adult and adolescent males, 211,804 were among adult and adolescent females, and 9,349 were among children under age 13 years. HIV Surveillance Report: Diagnoses of HIV infection and AIDS in the United States and Dependent Areas, 2008.

As stated by National Minority AIDS Council’s executive director, “the journey toward a world without HIV/AIDS requires the skills, experience and passion that each of us brings to this struggle”. For more information about the United States Conference on AIDS, you can visit http://www.2010USCA.org. Photo Credit: Microsoft Clip Art