About Washington DC

Washington D.C. is the capital of the United States and has a rich history. The place of the capital was chosen by the former US president George Washington (1732 - 1799). Unique among cities with a high percentage of African Americans, Washington has had a significant black population since the city's creation. As a result, Washington became both a center of African American culture and a center of the civil rights movement.  

Today, DC is marked by contrasts, with poorer areas on the eastern periphery of the central city, and east of the Anacostia River, more middle income areas in the suburbs, as well as some of the nation's most affluent and notable neighborhoods to the west. The assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968 sparked major riots in chiefly African American neighborhoods.

The Washington Metro opened in 1976. A rising economy and gentrification in the late 1990s and early 2000s led to revitalization of many downtown neighborhoods.

More information about Washington DC history can be found here.

Tourist information about Washington can be found here.


Washington DC has an extensive metro network. The conference venue will be close to a Metro station.

All information about local transport can be found on the website of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

Visa and Entry regulations

For your visa we can support you with providing an invitation letter for the LIVING 2012 conference.

Note that visa procedures for the United States can take up to 90 days, and it is importnat to request a visa as soon as practically possible. We recommend to request a visa before mid April. To read more about the visa process, please consult the AIDS 2012 visa process explanation which is available here.

For current or former drug users or sexworkers, an additional information sheet was produced by the IAS. Please access the information sheet here.

Hotel accommodation

To learn more about possible accommodation, please consult the AIDS 2012 webpage here.


To learn more about how to arrange flights, please consult the AIDS 2012 webpage here.


Washington DC has a land climate with cold winters and very hot and humid summers. The concrete and steel of the inner city make the heat worse in summer. At the same time, summer is also the season with most rainfall and sudden showers.


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