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The Program That Keeps Half a Million People With HIV Alive and Well Turns 30 This Month

Ryan White Extension Act
President Barack Obama signs the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009 surrounded by members of Congress and Ryan White's mother (2R) on October 30, 2009 in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington, DC. The act is the largest federally funded program for people living with HIV/AIDS in the US and was named in honor of Ryan White, a teenager who contracted AIDS in 1984 and became a well-known advocate for AIDS research and awareness, until his death on April 8, 1990.Aude Guerrucci via GettyImages
    Jennifer Kates.
    Jennifer KatesKenyon Farrow
    Ernest Hopkins.
    Ernest HopkinsSan Francisco AIDS Foundation
    Tim Murphy

    Tim Murphy


    Tim Murphy, based in Brooklyn, has been writing about HIV/AIDS for 25 years, for publications and organizations including TheBody, TheBodyPro, POZ, New York Magazine, The Nation, Housing Works, and Lambda Legal.