Anyone who has attended an annual United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) has also faced a challenge upon returning home: How do you capture the scope of the event—the energy, inspiration, education, the sheer number of people!—when trying to describe it to other folks?

Thankfully, we now have social media to help us out. (And watch our video summary above with highlights from the conference!)

Search the hashtag #2017USCA and you could spend hours, if not days, scrolling through tweets, videos, pictures, quotes and more. You can also visit the conference’s website,, for detailed information about the speakers, the exhibitors’ booths and workshops.

Sponsored by the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), the 21st annual conference was held September 7 through 10 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Washington, DC. The following 15 tweets capture only a fraction of what transpired at #2017USCA, but they’ll give you a good overview—without wearing you out!

Paul Kawata (pictured below) is the executive director of NMAC. When he wasn’t speaking during a plenary session—sharing his truth, that AIDS advocacy can be lonely and depressing work at times—he was socializing and networking with the rest of us.

The opening plenary session included speeches by U.S House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. During the session, it was announced that Gilead Sciences was donating $1 million to a fund to help HIV groups affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.