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What is Ryan White Program | Print |

The program is named for Ryan White, the Indiana teenager whose courageous struggle with HIV/AIDS and against AIDS-related discrimination helped educate the nation. He died in 1990, the same year that congress passed legislation titled the “Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act.” This Federal legislation was amended and reauthorized in 1996 and again in 2000. Most recently, the legislation was reauthorized as the Ryan White HIV/ AIDS Treatment Modernization Act of 2006.

The Ryan White HIV/ AIDS Treatment Modernization Act addresses the unmet health needs of persons living with HIV disease (PLWH) by funding primary health care and support services that enhance access to and retention in care. This funding makes appropriate care and treatment possible for low-income, uninsured and under-insured men, women, children and youth with no other way to meet their medical care and support needs.

Ryan White program funds are administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HIV/AIDS Bureau that awards hundreds of grants to states, cities and communities who deliver care to more than half a million low-income million people with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. each year.

  • An estimated 1,039,000 to1, 185,000 individuals in the U.S. are living with HIV.
  • An estimated 531,000 unduplicated persons each year receive at least one medical, health, or related support service from a Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program provider.

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