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Guide to the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) is a federal program established in 1990 to provide HIV care and support services for low-income people living with HIV (PLWH) who cannot afford medical care. The program was named for Ryan White, a boy living with HIV who, with his mother, confronted HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination in the 1980s. Ryan died at the age of 18 the year the legislation was passed.

Care for Those in Most Need

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The RWHAP provides HIV care to over half a million people—more than half of all people living with HIV in the United States. Most clients are racial/ethnic minorities who live below the federal poverty level. 

Network of Dedicated Providers

Most RWHAP funds support primary medical care, treatment, and support services that help individuals stay engaged in care, such as case management, transportation, and housing support. In addition, the program provides technical assistance and training for agencies to ensure that they can meet their grant requirements and provide high-quality services. 

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program "Parts"

RWHAP is organized to fund programs at all levels of the health care system, including federal, state, municipal, and community-based agencies. Funding and guidance is provided directly to hundreds of service providers, organized under "Parts."

  • Part A is for hard-hit metropolitan areas
  • Part B covers states and territories and the AIDS Drug Assistance Program
  • Part C funds community agencies
  • Part D focuses on HIV care for women, infants, children, and youth living with HIV
  • Part F covers multiple programs, including: dental, clinical training, research and demonstration projects, and global initiatives

All of these programs are administered through HRSA's HIV/AIDS Bureau, an agency that is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).