A video highlighting the 30 year anniversary of HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program displays several key milestones from 1981 through 2020. The video concludes with the words “For three decades, HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program has made an impact on the lives of more than half a million people with HIV each year." To learn more about the 30 years of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, visit the Timeline section of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program - A Living History website.
30 Years of Innovating Care, Optimizing Public Health, Ending the HIV Epidemic
HIV has taken an enormous toll since the first cases were reported in the United States in June 1981.1 An estimated 38,000 people were diagnosed with HIV in the United States in 2018, and an estimated 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV.2 Of those people, one in seven did not know they were infected.3
On August 18, 1990, Congress enacted the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act— the legislation that created the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program—to improve the quality and availability of HIV care and treatment for low-income people with HIV.
Early in the HIV epidemic, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program led on the frontlines in addressing the critical needs of people with HIV to reduce stigma and to train providers to deliver culturally-appropriate HIV care and treatment.
Today, HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program provides HIV care and treatment services to more than half a million people with HIV. The program remains committed to addressing health disparities in underserved communities and to ensuring access to and retention in quality, integrated care, and treatment services for all people with HIV.
We encourage you to explore the Living History website to discover the history of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and the incredible progress the program has made toward ending the HIV epidemic.
- 1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 1981. MMWR, Vol. 30, No. 21; June.
- 2 CDC. 2018. HIV in the United States: At a Glance; June 2020. www.cdc.gov/hiv/statistics/overview/ataglance.html.
- 3 Ibid.