The HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) administers The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, which is the largest federal program focused exclusively on HIV/AIDS care. The program is for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS who do not have sufficient health care coverage or financial resources for coping with the disease.

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program

The Ryan White Program works with cities, states, and local community-based organizations to provide HIV-related services to more than half a million people each year.

The majority of Ryan White funds support primary medical care and essential support services. A smaller but equally critical portion funds technical assistance, clinical training, and research on innovative models of care.

The Ryan White legislation created a number of programs, called Parts, to meet needs for different communities and populations affected by HIV/AIDS. 

Part A provides emergency assistance to Eligible Metropolitan Areas and Transitional Grant Areas that are most severely affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Part B provides grants to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 5 U.S. Pacific Territories or associated jurisdictions.

Part C provides comprehensive primary health care in an outpatient setting for people living with HIV disease.

Part D provides family-centered care involving outpatient or ambulatory care for women, infants, children, and youth with HIV/AIDS.

Part F provides funds for Special Projects of National Significance, AIDS Education and Training Centers, Dental Programs and the Minority AIDS Initiative.

Global AIDS Program

HAB's Global HIV/AIDS program is the third largest provider of President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) funds to organizations that implement its programs. 

The Global AIDS Program focuses on improving HIV/AIDS care and treatment, increasing health manpower and institutional capacity, and enhancing data collection and evaluation.

Date Last Reviewed:  February 2019

Did You Know?

  • Since 1981, 1.7 million people in the United States have been infected with HIV.
  • More than 550,000 have died.
  • The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program provides medical and dental care, medications and other health-related services.
  • The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program fills gaps in care not covered by these other sources.