The Ryan White Program offers free care to people living with HIV to encourage them to seek and continue treatment.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 160,000 of the 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States are unaware they are infected. Not only do they not have the disease under control, but they are at risk of infecting others.
If a person is HIV-infected, it is important that he or she seek treatment as soon as possible. This will increase the chance of living a long, healthy life, while also protecting sexual partners and others who may be at risk of contracting the virus.
The Ryan White Program offers free HIV/AIDS treatment through a variety of services with different agencies in town. The services are described below.
|Service||What exactly is it?|
|AIDS pharmaceutical assistance||Prescription medication assistance for consumers waiting for approval of State AIDS Drug Assistance or Patient Assistance programs|
|Dental health services||Dental exams, cleaning and treatment|
|Early Intervention Services (EIS)||HIV-positive peers and community health workers help newly diagnosed and out-of-care consumers get connected to services and provide ongoing support|
|Emergency financial assistance||Help with utility bills|
|Food bank/vouchers||Food pantry or food vouchers|
|Health Insurance Premium and Cost Sharing Assistance (HIPCSA)||Financial assistance for eligible individuals living with HIV to maintain a continuity of health insurance or to receive medical benefits under a health insurance program|
|Housing assistance||Temporary housing services and help with planning for permanent housing|
|Medical case management||Ryan White Program eligibility, referrals to medical and supportive services, and coordination of care|
|Medical nutrition therapy||Nutrition counseling and meal planning, nutritional supplements|
|Medical transportation||Transportation to medical and support service appointments|
|Mental health||Counseling for mental health conditions related to HIV infection|
|Outreach||Programs that have as their principal purpose of linking people with unknown HIV disease or those out-of-care so that they may be enrolled in care and treatment services.|
|Outpatient/Ambulatory Health||Medical care and treatment for HIV|
|Psychosocial support||Individual and group counseling|
|Substance abuse treatment (outpatient)||Treatment for substance abuse|