April 8, 2022
Family Health remembers the life of Ryan White
MOBILE, Ala. — Family Health – the primary care division of the Mobile County Health Department – today remembers the life of Ryan White. He is the namesake of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP).
White – a hemophiliac — was diagnosed with AIDS at age 13 after receiving a blood transfusion. Although his doctors originally gave him sixth months to live, he survived five years longer than expected. He died on April 8, 1990, one month before his high school graduation.
When Ryan tried to return to school after his original diagnosis, he faced AIDS-related discrimination in his Indiana community. Along with his mother Jeanne White Ginder, he rallied for his right to attend school. He gained national attention and became the face of public education about the disease.
Congress passed the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act in August 1990.
Family Health’s Ryan White Program helps to connect people living with HIV to treatment, while also promoting the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for partners and individuals at risk for HIV infection.
The Ryan White Early Intervention Services (EIS) Program provided care to 764 patients via Ryan White Part B and C funding in 2021. Patients received specialty care services through Family Health nurse practitioners and Infections Disease physicians through the University of South Alabama. This program provided primary health care, infectious disease services, medical case management, behavioral health, nutrition services, medication assistance, transportation assistance, food assistance, and a host of other support services.