RYAN WHITE PROGRAM

Now offering Rapid Start!

GVHC offers specialized HIV care:

  • Rapid Start treatment
  • PrEP Care for Partners
  • HIV and STI Testing
  • Counseling
  • Insurance Coverage – sliding fee scale
  • Medication Assistance Treatment Program
  • Comprehensive health care services offered, including mental health services

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Call or Text to Schedule your appointment: 866.682.4842

For More than 3 decades, the Ryan white Program has made an impact on the lives of over half a million people with HIV EACH year

THE HISTORY OF THE RYAN WHITE PROGRAM

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.

What is the Ryan White Program?

Funded through a grant from the United States Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Ryan White Program at GVHC offers Rapid Antiretroviral Therapy to patients living with HIV. The program also offers linkage to medical care, including mental health counseling and recovery services, referrals to community resources, and ongoing support through patient navigation.

What is Rapid Start Treatment?

Rapid StART is considered a best practice for the treatment that has led to longer life expectancy and improved wellbeing for people living with HIV. Medicine used to treat HIV is called antiretroviral therapy (ART). By taking ART, people living with HIV will reduce the amount of HIV in their blood and can get their virus under control within six months. This treatment also prevents the transmission of HIV to other people. At GVHC, patients diagnosed with HIV are referred to one of our providers trained in HIV medical care and are prescribed ART as soon as possible after their diagnosis.

PrEP Care for Partners

PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis, which is when ART is used to prevent getting HIV from sex or substance use. It is a highly-effective prevention method. GVHC offers PrEP as a prescription for partners of people living with HIV.

HIV and STI Testing

GVHC offers both HIV and STI testing for all patients. It is recommended that all adults and teenagers between the ages of 13 to 64 be tested for HIV at least once.

Counseling

Our Ryan White Program staff and providers are trained on HIV medical care, including HIV treatment and prevention. They can provide education on HIV prevention methods, which type of ART is best for you, and referrals to support groups, housing assistance, and other community-based resources.

Comprehensive health care services offered, including mental health services

Patients seen through the Ryan White Program have access to a wide variety of services, including mental health counseling and recovery services. All providers within the Ryan White Program can refer patients to mental health services at GVHC or emotional support services offered within the community.

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