Frequent Asked Questions

For any issues with Hill meetings Tuesday, please contact Soapbox directly at (202) 362-5910.

What’s included with the AIDSWatch registration fee?

The registration fee covers breakfast and lunch on Monday, 3/20, and an AIDSWatch branded T-shirt. It also covers attendance and accommodations at the AIDSWatch 30th anniversary reception on Sunday night and the Congressional reception on Monday night.

When will the policy briefs be available?

The AIDSWatch 2023 advocates’ briefs and policy priorities will soon be available on the AIDSWatch website before the event.

Who is invited to the HIV aging listening session on Sunday, 3/19?

The primary intended audience is people living with HIV who are 50 years and older and HIV long-term survivors who are younger than 50 years of age. The intended audience includes people who were born with HIV. People who are allies of older adults living with HIV and long-term survivors are welcome to attend the session on 3/19 as listeners.

Is there registration required for the Capitol Hill reception on Monday, 3/20? Will transportation be provided?

No registration is required for the Capitol Hill reception on Monday, March 20th. Transportation is not included from AIDSWatch event space. Signage for directions to Capitol Hill will be posted for individual travel assistance. There are various routes via public transportation to the Rayburn House Office Building. The most direct route will be from the Crystal City metro rail station, taking the Blue Line (towards Largo) to the Capitol South station; this route will take approximately 53 minutes with included walking times. For a route with minimal walking, a bus route with 2 transfers is available and can be found on Google/Apple Maps. 

The Renaissance Arlington Capitol View hotel also offers a complimentary Metro shuttle. From their website: “Hotel guests find getting around Arlington & the D.C. area even easier with our complimentary shuttle service every half hour to the Crystal City Metro Station, the Pentagon, and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Hours: DCA & Metro: 5 a.m. – 11 p.m., 7 days a week. Pentagon: 6 a.m. – 6 p.m., M-F”

When will attendees get their Hill visit schedule?

Attendees should expect to receive their Hill visit schedule in the following week, prior to the start of AIDSWatch.

Is there an app available for Advocacy Day (3/21) information?

There will not be a necessary application for download, as a web-based schedule will be available through the Soapbox Consulting website.

I must leave D.C. soon after my Capitol Hill meetings on Tuesday 3/21. Where can I store my luggage while in meetings?

If your travel schedule allows, you can store your luggage at the conference hotel or hotel where you are staying. The AIDSWatch team is arranging a space near Capitol Hill for luggage storage during meetings for those advocates who will need to depart without stopping back by their hotel. 

Will there be a virtual component of AIDSWatch 2023?

Unfortunately, we are not able to host virtual or hybrid AIDSWatch sessions at this time. We will be livestreaming as many of the main sessions as possible, but cannot guarantee that all sessions will be streamed and won’t be able to arrange virtual Hill meetings this year. All updates and relevant links will be posted to the AIDSWatch homepage; check back there regularly for more details. 

Language accessibility information:

During the major AIDSWatch activities — the reception in the evening of Sunday, March 19, and the plenary session on Monday, March 20 — live Spanish and American Sign Language interpretation will be available. Livestreaming with interpretation will also be available during these times. Registrants who indicated utilization of simultaneous interpretation on their registration form will be contacted to ensure coverage during the rest of the conference activities, including for Capitol Hill visits. 

Physical accessibility information — Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel: 

The Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel provides elevators between several floors for AIDSWatch activities. The training rooms will be set up with rows of chairs and table rounds. Gender-neutral restrooms will be available on the second floor, where conference activity will be centered. Additionally, service animals are welcome at the hotel. 

Physical accessibility information — Capitol Hill:

Wheelchair accessible entrances for each of the congressional office buildings are listed below and marked on this map. Please find even more information, including directions from Metro stops to each of these accessible entrances, on pages 19-22 of this document.  

  • Hart Senate Office Building — on 2nd Street NE, midway between C Street NE and Constitution Ave. NE.
  • Russell Senate Office Building — on Delaware Ave. NE, between C Street NE and Constitution Ave. NE.
  • Dirksen Senate Office Building — on 1st Street NE, between C Street NE and Constitution Ave. NE.
  • Cannon House Office Building — on New Jersey Ave. SE, between C Street SE and Independence Ave. SE. 
  • Longworth House Office Building — on the corner of Independence Ave. SE and New Jersey Ave. SE, or on the east side of South Capitol Street SE, between C Street SE and Independence Ave. SE.
  • Rayburn House Office Building — on the west side of South Capitol Street SE, between C Street SE and Independence Ave. SE. 

Constituents may request the use of a wheelchair through their senator’s or representative’s office. Please contact them directly to arrange this. Further accessibility information can be found on the website of the Architect of the Capitol

Capitol Hill has a severe lack of gender-neutral restrooms. Only one “single use” restroom is available to the public in the basement of Longworth House Office Building. It is accessible by elevator. Congressional staff should know where the closest wheelchair-accessible restrooms are in relation to their offices. Additionally, service animals are allowed inside the Capitol as well.

FAQ - en español

¿AIDSWatch 2023 ofrecerá sesiones virtuales este año?

Lamentablemente, en esta ocasión las sesiones de AIDSWatch no serán virtuales ni híbridas. Habrá transmisión en directo para el mayor número posible de sesiones principales, pero no podemos garantizar la transmisión de todas las sesiones. Adicionalmente, este año no se organizaron reuniones virtuales en el Capitolio. Todas las actualizaciones y enlaces pertinentes se publicarán en la página web de AIDSWatch; consúltela con regularidad para obtener más información.

Información sobre el acceso lingüístico:

Durante las principales actividades de AIDSWatch —la recepción del domingo 19 de marzo por la noche y la plenaria del lunes 20 de marzo— habrá interpretación en directo al español y Lengua de Señas Americana. En estas sesiones habrá transmisión en directo, al igual que interpretación. Se contactará a los inscritos que hayan manifestado en su formulario de inscripción la necesidad de contar con interpretación simultánea, para garantizar la cobertura durante el resto de las actividades de la conferencia, incluidas las visitas al Capitolio.

Información sobre accesibilidad física — Hotel Renaissance Arlington Capital View:

El hotel Renaissance Arlington Capital View dispone de ascensores entre los pisos para las actividades de AIDSWatch. En las salas donde se llevaran a cabo los talleres habrán sillas colocadas en hileras y mesas circulares. En el segundo piso, donde se llevarán a cabo las actividades de la conferencia, habrá disponibles baños de género neutro. Además, el hotel admite animales de servicio.

Información sobre accesibilidad física — Capitolio de los Estados Unidos:

A continuación, se enumeran las entradas accesibles en sillas de ruedas, en cada uno de los edificios de oficinas del Congreso que están marcados en este mapa. En las páginas 19-22 de este documento encontrará más información, incluidas las indicaciones para llegar desde las paradas del metro hasta cada una de estas entradas accesibles. 

  • Hart Senate Office Building— sobre la 2nd Street NE, a medio camino entre C Street NE y Constitution Avenue NE.
  • Russell Senate Office Building — sobre la Delaware Avenue NE, entre C Street NE y Constitution Avenue NE.
  • Dirksen Senate Office Building – sobre la 1st Street NE, entre C Street NE y Constitution Avenue NE.
  • Cannon House Office Building — sobre New Jersey Avenue SE, entre C Street SE e Independence Avenue SE.
  • Longworth House Office Building — en la esquina de Independence Avenue SE y New Jersey Avenue SE, o en el lado oriental de South Capitol Street SE, entre C Street SE e Independence Avenue SE.
  • Rayburn House Office Building — sobre el costado occidental de South Capitol Street SE, entre C Street SE e Independence Avenue SE.

Los constituyentes pueden solicitar una silla de ruedas a través de la oficina de su senador o representante. Para este fin, le agradecemos contactarse con ellos directamente. En el sitio web The Architect of the Capitol se puede encontrar más información sobre accesibilidad.

El Capitolio carece de baños de género neutro. Solo hay a disposición del público un “baño individual” (“single-use” restroom) en el sótano del Longworth House Office Building que es accesible usando el ascensor. El personal del Congreso sabe dónde están los baños accesibles en silla de ruedas más cercanos a sus despachos. Los animales de servicio también están permitidos dentro del Capitolio.