About the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program

RWHAP: Care for those most in need

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) provides HIV care to over half a million people each year—more than half of all people with HIV in the United States. Most clients are racial/ethnic and sexual minorities who live below the federal poverty level. 

The RWHAP is administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration's HIV/AIDS Bureau (HRSA HAB). HRSA is the federal agency responsible for community health centers, rural health programs, health workforce, and other related initiatives. See the HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau website for more information about the RWHAP.

Who Was Ryan White?

The Ryan White infrastructure

RWHAP is organized to fill service gaps by supporting providers 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.”  Agencies funded under each Part are presented in Find Ryan White Services and include:

  • Part A is for hard-hit metropolitan areas and planning councils.
  • 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, and research and demonstration projects.
  • Planning councils and planning bodies are located in every state and territory to ensure that local programs address community priorities. These councils include people with HIV, planning experts, health professionals, and others.