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Who is Ryan White?
  • Born December 6, 1971, he was a teenager from Kokomo, Indiana.
  • As a hemophiliac, Ryan became infected with HIV from a contaminated blood treatment. After his school found out about Ryan being infected, they expelled him.
  • A long legal battle with the school system and media coverage of the case made Ryan a national celebrity and spokesman for AIDS research & public education.
  • Today, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatement Extension Act of 2009 is the law that gives authority to create the Planning Council.
  • The Ryan White Treatement Extension Act also allows money to be appropriated to each area for services.
Ryan White with his Mother
The Treatment Mondernization Act (TMA)

The Ryan White Treatment Modernization Act was first enacted by congress in 1990 as the Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act. In 2009, the name was changed to Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act (TEA). The TEA is authorized every 3 years (next authorization is 2013). This federal legislation is designed to address the unment health needs of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) by funding primary health care and support services. The TEA is the nations largest HIV specific federal grant program.