Ryan White died at the age of 18 on April 8, 1990.
During the 1980s, Ryan bravely became a national spokesperson and symbol of hope for the hemophilia and HIV/AIDS community after being expelled from middle school due to community fears that the virus would spread to other children. Learn more about Ryan’s legacy by clicking on the below image to explore our interactive timeline that highlights the advancements, milestones, and adversities the hemophilia community faced over the last 60 years.
Watch a collection of news stories from the 1980s and 1990s about Ryan White’s young life, the impact he had on so many around the world, and how his legacy lives on today.
Katie interviewed Jeanne White-Ginder about her late son and why she continues to be a tireless advocate for those with hemophilia and other chronic conditions.
Tragically approximately 90% of people with severe hemophilia were infected with the HIV virus and or Hepatitis C virus as in the 1980s. As a result, many loss fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, and siblings. This Dads in Action webinar gives a timeline of these events, shares the Ryan White story, and features a panel of community members that talk about what it was like to live through this period.
Following Ryan’s death in 1990, the Ryan White CARE (Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency) Act received vast bipartisan support and today is the backbone of our fight against HIV/AIDS in the United States, providing lifesaving treatment and prevention services to nearly half of all people living with HIV nationwide. Learn more about this important piece of legislation.