Ryan White Program
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Jefferson’s Ryan White Program serves as a vital resource for people living with HIV in the Philadelphia area. The federally sponsored program allows people – with or without health insurance – access to ongoing HIV treatment and access to other valuable social services, including medical insurance, housing, utility payments, food, mental health therapy, and more.
The nationwide program is named after a teenager who was diagnosed with AIDS following a blood transfusion for hemophilia in December 1984. Ryan White was one of the first children to contract AIDS, prompting advocacy and legislation in 1990 with the aim to improve the quality and access of care for low-income, uninsured or underinsured people with HIV/AIDS.
How Does the Program Work?
Funding for this program provides support to individuals with an established or new HIV diagnosis. This includes providing HIV medical treatment as well as assistance to those who might have social or psychological barriers to treatment. Additionally, the Ryan White Program provides support for comprehensive care to women, which includes access to gynecological services in coordination with Jefferson OB-GYN and Maternal Fetal Medicine.
The Program also helps promote existing HIV preventive initiatives within the clinic across the enterprise. Primarily, these initiatives are focused on the uptake and adherence to PEP/PrEP (HIV prevention treatments) to all HIV-negative patients. The comprehensive care team also provides assistance those who have existing barriers to this type of treatment.
Emergency Opt-Out Program
Jefferson's Infectious Disease Department and Ryan White Program have a working relationship with the Emergency Department in both Center City and Jefferson Methodist Hospital. All patients between the ages of 18 to 65 years receive an HIV test during an Emergency Department admission, unless they say otherwise. Through this process, our Program has been able to identify people who are newly positive, not being treated or have an increased risk for contracting HIV. We provide referrals to our outpatient clinic to receive HIV prevention or treatment care.
Meet Our Team
In addition to Our Doctors, your care team includes a full team of certified nurse practitioners, social workers and coordinators who are available by appointment:
- Emily Smith, CRNP
- Jane Shin, MMFT
- Johanna Smith, MS
- Alyssa Kennedy, MPH
Request An Appointment
Our HIV outpatient appointments are located at:
Call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) or make an appointment online.