Ryan White Program report sheds light on the demographics of HIV/AIDS in America

Report Finds Majority Of Ryan White Program Clients Are From Minority Communities

Here are some excerpts from this US Office of Minority Health press release, discussing a federal program that “provides medical care and support services” to many of the poorest Americans living with HIV/AIDS:

According to the 2008 Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Progress Report: The Power of Connections, people living with HIV/AIDS are poorer than the general population, and Ryan White Program clients are poorer still. Seventy-two percent of Ryan White Program clients have household incomes equal to or below the federal poverty level and only 11 percent have any private health insurance. Findings in the report summarize program data from 2006. […]

Ryan White Program programs are following the demographics of the disease:

– Of the 72 percent of Ryan White Program clients from minority communities, 49 percent are African American and 21 percent are Hispanic;
– A third (33 percent) of all Ryan White Program clients are women; and
– Two percent are over the age of 65 and six percent are under age 25.

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~ by h.e.g. on September 9, 2008.

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