- Name: Ryan White
- Born: 12/06/1971
- Died: 04/08/1990 (18 years old)
- Occupation: Student
Ryan Wayne White (December 6, 1971– April 8, 1990) 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 body 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. He died on April 8, 1990, one month before his high school graduation.
Birth Name: Ryan Wayne White
Alias: Ryan Wayne White
Birth Place: Kokomo, Indiana, U.S.
Death Place: Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Ryan White quotes :
Because of the lack of education on AIDS, discrimination, fear, panic, and lies surrounded me.Ryan White
We had great faith that with patience, understanding, and education, that my family and I could be helpful in changing their minds and attitudes around.Ryan White