Ryan Wayne White was an American teenager from Kokomo, Indiana, who became a national poster child for HIV/AIDS in the United States after failing to be re-admitted to school following a diagnosis of AIDS. As a hemophiliac, he became infected with HIV from a contaminated factor VIII blood treatment and, when diagnosed in December 1984, was given six months to live. Doctors said he posed no risk to other students, as AIDS is not an airborne disease and spreads solely through bodily fluids, but AIDS was poorly understood by the general public at the time. When White tried to return to school, many parents and teachers in Howard County rallied against his attendance due to concerns of the disease spreading through bodily fluid transfer. A lengthy administrative appeal process ensued, and news of the conflict turned Ryan into a popular celebrity and advocate for AIDS research and public education. Surprising his doctors, Ryan White lived five years longer than predicted.
|Born:||Ryan Wayne White, December 6, 1971, Kokomo, Indiana, U.S.|
|Died:||April 8, 1990, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.|
|Cause of death:||AIDS-related pneumonia|
|Parent(s):||Jeanne Elaine Hale (mother), Hubert Wayne White (father)|
|IMDb:||Ryan White's IMDb|
About Ryan White
Teenager who became the reluctant poster boy for the HIV and AIDS movement after his expulsion from school due to the disease.
Ryan White Before Fame
He contracted HIV through a blood transfusion at a children's hospital.
Achievement of Ryan White
In the mid-1980s a court ruled he should be allowed to attend school, but he and his family were terrorized as a result.
Ryan White Family Life
He was born to parents Hubert White and Jeanne Hale. His mom was a huge supporter of his cause.
Associations of Ryan White
The film The Ryan White Story was based on his life, and Lukas Haas played his character.
Information related to Ryan White
- Eve van Grafhorst – an Australian pre-schooler who received HIV via a blood transfusion and was subsequently banned from her pre-school in fears of spreading the illness.
- History of HIV/AIDS
- HIV/AIDS activists
- Recipients of contaminated haemophilia blood products
- American child activists
- Burials in Indiana
- 20th-century American people
- American health activists