Ryan White. Real Lives – Stories on the real impact of the Ryan White Care Act
Ryan White. Real Lives. is a national campaign presenting narratives on the importance of the Ryan White Care Act among communities impacted by HIV, particularly states in the Deep South that have not expanded Medicaid. The stories provide personal perspective on the need for the continuance of the Ryan White Care Act as a key policy critical to the domestic HIV response.
Meet Robin J.
“Ryan White saved my life, and I thank God for the program. I don’t cry anymore, and I do want to live again. I don’t know what else I would do if there wasn’t the Ryan White Program.”
In 2011, an estimated 14,731 North Carolinians received services through the Ryan White program. Charlotte resident Robin J. is one of those North Carolinians. Robin was diagnosed with HIV during a routine check-up three years ago. After a struggle with depression, she praises the Ryan White Program for allowing her to get the help she needed and keeping her on her feet.
Read other stories of people impacted by Ryan White Care Act.
We invite you to read and share Robin’s story and:
- Take action to contact federal government to urge their support for the program and
- Call on state governors and legislators for their support to push Medicaid expansion in key states.
- Download and share resources for general advocacy on Ryan White Program, or for Medicaid non-expansion states.