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Join Us for the 27th Annual  Honolulu AIDS Walk

April 22, 2018 at Kapi'olani Park

A Benefit for the Hawai'i Health & Harm Reduction Center

Who was Ryan White?

Ryan White was diagnosed with AIDS on December 17, 1984, when he was only 13 years old. He contracted HIV from a blood transfusion, which he regularly received because he was born with Hemophilia. At the time of his diagnosis, he was told he only had 6 months to live. 

Ryan’s condition slightly improved and he felt well enough to return to school. When he tried to return to school, he was barred and subjected to significant AIDS-related discrimination. He was often the subject of cruel treatment by his community and experienced overwhelming HIV stigma in many places he went. He recounted in front of congress instances where other students spraypainted his locker with obscenities and restaurant staff even threw away plates and cutlery he had used. With his mother, Jeanne White Ginder, Ryan fought for his right to go to school and garnered national attention for it. He was later welcomed to a school in another community where he made friends, continued his studies, and even went to prom.

Surprising his doctors, Ryan lived five years longer than expected. He died in April 1990, one month before his high school graduation. Congress passed the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act in August 1990. 


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HHHRC is proud to be a founding member of the coalition to change the outdated discriminatory Section 23 added to Hawaiʻi's Constitution a generation ago. Remove the Hawaiʻi legislature’s authority to limit marriage to opposite-sex couples. Let's make sure Hawaiʻi remains an inclusive and welcoming place for all loving couples. 

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