Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Funding

As AIDS has spread to every corner of the United States, funding for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program has increased dramatically. Today, the program funds grants to cities, counties, states, and local, community-based organizations in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and five U.S. Pacific territories and associated jurisdictions.

Funding resources have increased every year since enactment. Beginning in fiscal year (FY) 1997, a surge of funding began: The total program budget went from $738.5 million in FY 1996 to $996.3 million in FY 1997, an increase of 35 percent. Highly active antiretroviral therapy was becoming widely available, and Congress and the administration wanted to ensure that this powerful yet costly therapy was accessible to as many low income people living with HIV as possible. Therefore, 65 percent of the FY 1997 increase went to the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part B AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) in each State and territory. By 2002, ADAP became the largest funding category of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.

During the most recent decade, total Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program funding has remained relatively constant. Learn more about Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program annual appropriations.