The Legacy of Ryan White

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program

2377 N. Stemmons Fwy, Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75207
Telephone: 214-819-1849 | Email:

The Legacy of Ryan White

At age 13, Ryan White was diagnosed with AIDS following a blood transfusion for hemophilia in 1984. Through his public battle, he challenged HIV/AIDS misconceptions and stigma to increase awareness and advocate for comprehensive services for people with HIV. Ryan fought to attend school and was eventually after relocating to Cicero, Indiana.

At the age of 18, Ryan White died in April 1990, just months before Congress passed the bill that bears his name. Since the inception of the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act in 1990 people are living longer with HIV, receiving better quality HIV care, treatment, and support.

The CARE Act was established to help cities, states, and local organizations to provide services to persons living with HIV.

  • The legislation was reauthorized in 1996, 2000, 2006, and 2009 and is now known as the Ryan White Treatment Extension Act of 2009.  The Ryan White Program is the federal government’s most comprehensive effort to improve the quality and availability of care for medically underserved individuals and families affected by HIV.

  • The Ryan White Program is administered federally by the HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The majority of funds are used to address core medical services and essential supportive services.

  • There are a variety of Parts to the legislation, which serve the needs of different communities and populations. Part A, which Dallas County receives, targets funds to the locales that have been most severely affected by the HIV epidemic.

  • Part B of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-87) provides grants to States and Territories to improve the quality, availability, and organization of HIV health care and support services. 

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