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Ryan White Program

Mary Washington Medical Group Infectious Diseases is the medical arm for government sponsored Ryan White Grants within Mary Washington Healthcare for HIV care.

The purpose of the program is to provide high quality care to HIV clients and enhance prevention programs in the community. Our providers and our office staff have undergone extensive training to provide care that meets national standards. The program is linked to the Richmond AIDS consortium and the research protocols are sponsored by the VCU School of Medicine.

The Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act (Ryan White Care Act) was an Act of the U.S. Congress named in honor of Ryan White, an Indiana teenager who contracted AIDS through a tainted hemophilia treatment in 1984. He was expelled from school because of the disease. White became a well-known advocate for AIDS research and awareness, until his death on April 8, 1990.

Unlike Medicare or Medicaid, Ryan White programs are "payer of last resort," which fund treatment when no other resources are available. As AIDS has spread, the funding of the program has increased. The program provides some level of care for around 500,000 people per year and in 2004, provided funds to 2,567 organizations. The Ryan White programs also fund local and State primary medical care providers, support services, healthcare provider training programs, and provide technical assistance to such organizations.

Patients must meet eligibility requirements and agree to general conditions and restrictions.

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