Data Recap: Ryan White Care Works

Data Recap: Ryan White Care Works

March 19, 2015
3 stick figures on Ryan White service advantages

On this page you will see three modernist stick figures and a reinforcing caption that most Americans living with HIV who are in care are getting services from Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP).

But that's just part of the story. The other?

Individuals who receive RWHAP services do better than those who do not get any assistance from RWHAP funded providers

That insight has been reported on in prior articles on this website from 2013 and 2014 and, more recently, at the 2015 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), a regular international research meeting on HIV infection and other infectious diseases. In this blog, we present these data findings reported in recent years, all in one place to ease access and highlight progress in HIV care.


Those receiving some type of care from RWHAP are more likely to be on antiretroviral therapy and have better viral suppression, compared to individuals with other types of health care coverage and not getting help from RWHAP providers. Findings are based upon 2009-2010 MMP data. 

See the CROI summary of CROI Poster Abstract 1064 - Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Assistance and HIV Treatment Outcomes in the United States (Heather Bradley1; Abigail H. Viall1; Pascale M. Wortley1; Antigone Dempsey2; Heather Hauck2; Jacek Skarbinski1 - 1: CDC and 2: HRSA).


Individuals receiving HIV care through the HHS/HRSA Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program have higher percentages of retention in care, and better viral suppression, compared to other national estimates. 

See Clinical Infectious Diseases - "High Rates of Retention and Viral Suppression in United States HIV Safety Net System: HIV Care Continuum in the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, 2011" (September 15, 2014). Findings are based upon 2011 data from the RSR client level data system.


Ryan White clients living with HIV have relatively high levels of care engagement and viral load suppression, compared to estimates of engagement in care among all people living with HIV in the U.S.

See HRSA's Continuum of HIV Care Among Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Clients, U.S., 2010. Study data are from the 2010 Ryan White HIV/AIDS Services Report, a client level data system. Results were presented at 2013 CROI.