30 Years of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program

August 18, 2020, marks the 30th anniversary of the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act. This landmark legislation created the largest Federal program focused exclusively on providing care and treatment services to people with HIV, called the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.

The theme is "30 Years of Innovating Care, Optimizing Public Health, Ending the HIV Epidemic." HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau’s anniversary commemoration began with the virtual 2020 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment from August 11-14, recognizing the critical impact of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program with recipients, providers, national, state, and local stakeholders, and people with HIV.

HRSA's Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program has been vital to the public health response to HIV in the United States for the last three decades. The Program provides a comprehensive system of HIV primary medical care, medication, and essential support services to approximately 50 percent of people with diagnosed HIV in the United States each year. As a result of these services, 87.1 percent of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program clients receiving HIV medical care are virally suppressed. Today the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program is a key part of the Administration’s Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America, a 10-year initiative that aims to reduce new HIV infections in the United States by 90 percent by 2030.

In recognition of the 30th anniversary, HRSA's Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program has developed resources for use by recipients, subrecipients, and stakeholders.

Date Last Reviewed:  August 2020