Highest HIV Viral Suppression Rate in New Ryan White Program
In its fifth annual publication of national client-level data from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Services Report (RSR), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) reported that clients receiving medical care through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program achieved viral suppression at a record level——87.1%——in 2018.
Alongside improved health outcomes for those who attain viral suppression, this means that people living with HIV who take medication daily and reach and maintain an undetectable viral load have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting the virus to an HIV-negative partner.
Some 534,000 patients in the U.S. received at least one service funded by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. In other words, more than half of the people diagnosed with HIV in the United States received services through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program in 2019. Additionally, the report shows that the 87.1% viral suppression rate is an increase from 69.5% in 2010, exceeding the national viral suppression average of 62.7% reported in December 2019 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Services Report is HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau’s primary source of annual, client-level data reported by more than 2,000 funded Ryan White grant recipients across the United States. It provides an in-depth look at demographic and socioeconomic factors among clients served, including age, race/ethnicity, transmission risk category, federal poverty level, health care coverage, and housing status. In addition, the report assesses the demographics of those receiving services, highlighting the progress and disparities in HIV-related outcomes, particularly viral suppression.
The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grants to cities, counties, states, and local community-based organizations fund comprehensive HIV primary medical care, essential support services, and medications for low-income people with HIV. The report includes data reported for all clients served by Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Parts A, B, C, and D during calendar years 2014 through 2018.
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—Reporting by Hank Trout
Hank Trout, Senior Editor, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a forty-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his husband Rick. Follow him on Twitter @HankTroutWriter.