Free HIV Testing on site
If you think you may have been exposed to HIV, it is critically important that you get tested right away. It is very common to not have symptoms when you are first infected. The virus develops in AIDS, which is a very serious condition. Early symptoms can involve flu-like symptoms (often brief), however not everybody encounters these symptoms at the early stage of infection. It may be easy to mistakenly ignore these symptoms due to the similarity to a cold/flu.
Who Is Ryan White?
The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program was named for a courageous young man named Ryan White who was diagnosed with AIDS following a blood transfusion in December 1984. Ryan White was diagnosed at age 13 while living in Kokomo, Indiana and was given six months to live. When Ryan White tried to return to school, he fought AIDS-related discrimination in his Indiana community. Along with his mother Jeanne White Ginder, Ryan White rallied for his right to attend school – gaining national attention – and became the face of public education about his disease. Surprising his doctors, Ryan White lived five years longer than predicted. He died in April 1990, one month before his high school graduation and only months before Congress passed the legislation bearing his name in August 1990 – the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act.
Ryan White Part B Program
Part B administers funds for states and territories to improve the quality, availability, and organization of HIV health care and support services. Recipients include all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the six U.S. Pacific territories/associated jurisdictions. In addition, Part B also includes grants for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP).
The Ryan White CARE Act allows people with HIV/AIDS, who otherwise would not be able to access care, to obtain medical care, pharmaceuticals, dental care, mental health counseling, and substance abuse counseling. Ryan White services are available to clients whose income is at or below 400% of the federal poverty level.