Ryan White and Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day


Nearly three-fourths of HRSA Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) clients are from racial/ethnic minority populations. American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) comprise 0.5% of persons receiving HIV care from the RWHAP. The majority are low income, men who have sex with men, and over 50 years of age.

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is March 20. The 2022 theme is Reflection. Celebration. Rejuvenation.

From 2010-2020, viral suppression rates among AI/AN RWHAP clients receiving medical care improved significantly, from 70.4% to 86.0%.

This improvement tracks that for all RWHAP clients over the same time period (69.5% to 89.4%) (2020 Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Annual Client-Level Data Report, HRSA 2021).

RWHAP Policy

See HRSA's HIV/AIDS Bureau Policy Notice 07-01 Use of Funds for American Indians and Alaska Natives and Indian Health Service Programs on access to RWHAP services for AI/AN populations. 

TA and Training Resources

Various resources have been developed to address HIV/AIDS among Native American and Alaska Native populations. Below are highlights:

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