About Us

Welcome to the Middlesex, Somerset & Hunterdon, New Jersey Ryan White Program. Our journey began with a commitment to providing comprehensive care and support to those affected by HIV/AIDS in our community. Over the years, we’ve grown, adapted, and evolved, but our core mission remains unchanged: to ensure that every individual, regardless of their financial situation, has access to the care and resources they need.

The Legacy of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) stands as a testament to over three decades of dedication in offering a comprehensive system of care across the U.S. Born out of the urgent need to address the public health challenges posed by the HIV pandemic, the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resource Emergency (CARE) Act was established in 1990. The program has since undergone reauthorizations in 1996, 2000, and 2009, with each phase bringing renewed focus. The 2009 reauthorization, known as the Ryan White Treatment and Modernization Act, emphasized targeting heavily impacted communities and ensuring retention in care.

A Journey of Hope: A Client's Story

When I was first diagnosed, I started with a private doctor. The journey wasn’t easy. Switching to a clinic, having appointments in a temporary trailer, and feeling like just another number were all challenges I faced. But the hardest part was the side effects of the medications, which made it difficult for me to work and support my son.

However, life has a way of reminding us of what’s essential. The passing of my son’s father was a wake-up call. I realized I needed to get back into care, not just for me but for my son. That’s when I discovered RWJ and the Ryan White Program. The support I received was unparalleled. From a doctor who genuinely cared about my well-being to a nurse who helped me navigate my appointments and introduced me to a women’s support group.

Through the Ryan White Program, I found more than just medical assistance. I found a community. I became a board member with the Ryan White Part D Program, made friends, and felt empowered in my care. The program also assisted me with legal services, ensuring I had a living will and power of attorney in place.

Today, I see the relentless efforts of the Ryan White Program in ensuring HIV patients have everything they need. From care to education, the program is making a difference, and I’m a living testament to that.

Our Services and Commitment

Our primary objective is to offer comprehensive primary health care and support services in an outpatient setting for low-income individuals with HIV. Our services encompass:

  • HIV counseling and targeted testing
  • Periodic medical evaluations
  • Therapeutic measures for HIV care and prevention
  • Referrals to appropriate health care and support service providers

We believe in community outreach, ensuring that we target heavily impacted areas and work diligently to ensure retention in care. Through collaborations with various health facilities, community-based organizations, and clinics, we strive for a wide reach and effective service delivery.

Joining Hands with the Community

Our story is one of resilience, dedication, and community. It’s about the countless individuals who’ve walked through our doors seeking help and the many hands that have joined together to provide it. From the wonderful doctor at RWJ who went above and beyond to assist a patient with appointments to the Ryan White Program’s relentless efforts in ensuring patients have everything they need – our journey is filled with stories of hope, perseverance, and community spirit.

We’re more than just a program; we’re a community. We invite you to join us, whether it’s by accessing our services, attending our events, or simply learning more about HIV prevention and care. Together, we can make a difference.

Check out our video for more information.

You're Not Alone.

Join our support groups and connect with others who understand.

If you’re in crisis or need immediate assistance, please contact 988 for Emergency Mental Health Support or dial 911.
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