On August 18, HRSA will celebrate 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 to people with HIV – the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP).
Today RWHAP funds grants to cities, states, counties, and local community-based organizations across the country. Vital to the public health response to HIV in the U.S. over the last 30 years, the program provides a comprehensive system of HIV primary medical care, medication and essential support services to more than half a million people with HIV in the U.S each year. The program is also a critical component of the Administration’s Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America initiative.
In honor of this milestone, HRSA encourages RWHAP recipients and stakeholders to wear red on August 18 and to share a photo with @HRSAgov with the hashtag #30YearsofCARE.