The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) is named after an Indiana teenager diagnosed with AIDS in the 1980’s. He put a face on a disease that had been shadowed in secrecy and fear. Ryan died in 1990; four months before the federal legislation bearing his name became law. The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program provides a comprehensive system of HIV primary medical care, medications, and essential support services for low-income people with HIV.
Part A of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009 provides assistance to Eligible Metropolitan Areas (EMAs) and Transitional Grant Areas (TGAs) that are most severely impacted by the HIV epidemic.
The purpose of the Planning Council is to plan for and design the present and future system of care for persons with HIV in a way that is comprehensive, culturally sensitive, and reflective of the metropolitan St. Louis HIV TGA community.
The mission of the Planning Council is to collaborate with community stakeholders to achieve a coordinated data-driven response to HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Services to reduce new infections, increase access to care, improve health outcomes, and reduce health disparities in the St. Louis Metropolitan Region.
The Planning Council is committed to eliminating new infections and improving the health and well-being of persons impacted by HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, viral hepatitis and related health concerns.