2013 United States Conference on AIDS

APA represented psychology at the conference, highlighting priorities and recommendations in the area of HIV/AIDS


To advance association goals in the area of HIV/AIDS, APA staff attended the 2013 United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) from Sept. 8-11. Two new HIV/AIDS issue briefs, created by APA’s Public Interest Directorate for dissemination at the conference, highlight psychology’s contribution to ending the epidemic in the U.S. They describe APA's HIV/AIDS legislative priorities (PDF, 103KB) in the 113th Congress and make the case for increased attention to the intersection of mental health and substance use disorders and HIV (PDF, 152KB).

USCA is the largest AIDS-related gathering in the U.S., bringing together participants from all fronts of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, to foster national support networks, information exchange and dissemination of cutting-edge tools to address the challenges of HIV/AIDS. This year’s conference explored: 

  • Opportunities arising from scientific advances in HIV prevention and treatment.
  • The enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
  • Implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy to reverse the course and ultimately end HIV in the United States. 

To promote APA’s HIV/AIDS priorities, staff organized meetings with public and non-governmental leaders in the field, including: senior officials from the White House, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Health Resources and Services Administration and Department of Labor; and key figures in the public heath, scientific and research communities. 

To learn more about APA’s HIV/AIDS advocacy, visit the PI-GRO website. To get involved in APA’s federal efforts, visit the Public Policy Advocacy Network.