Ryan White and National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day

Content From: TARGET CenterPublished: April 09, 20152 min read


Twenty-six percent (26%) of new HIV cases in the U.S. are among young people (ages 13-24), according to CDC. Cases are overwhelmingly among gay/bisexual men, particularly African Americans. While more and more youth living with HIV are being linked into care, over 50% who are HIV infected do not know it and, by default, are not in care.

The role of this HIV/AIDS Awareness Days, therefore, has heightened importance to not just raise sensitivity to HIV/AIDS but to encourage young people to adopt safer practices, get tested, and--if infected--engage in care.

Youth Served by Ryan White
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As the generations pass, it seems that fewer people are aware that the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program was named after Ryan, a young man who fought AIDS discrimination in the early years. He died 25 years ago, about the time the legislation was enacted.

The Ryan White program has since created a rich history as an important provider of care to young people like Ryan. According to HRSA's State Profiles, 6.1% of Ryan White clients are under age 24.

Tailoring HIV/AIDS Services for Youth

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