Skip Nav
Disney
Disney Princesses as Hogwarts Students Is This Year's Best Group Costume
Summer Olympics 2016
The 16 Sexiest Olympic Athletes With Tattoos
Wedding
You'll Forget All About Fancy Weddings When You See This Couple's City Hall Nuptials

US Lifts HIV/AIDS Travel Ban

For the last 22 years, foreign citizens living with HIV or AIDS have been forbidden to legally enter the US. As of Monday, that ban will be a thing of the past. On Friday, President Obama announced the decision to overturn the policy he called "rooted in fear rather than fact." He said:

"We talk about reducing the stigma of this disease — yet we've treated a visitor living with it as a threat. We lead the world when it comes to helping stem the AIDS pandemic — yet we are one of only a dozen countries that still bar people from HIV from entering our own country. If we want to be the global leader in combating HIV/AIDS, we need to act like it."

Before this decision, the US joined a less-than-impressive list of countries that banned HIV-positive outsiders. The list still includes: Armenia, Colombia, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sudan, and Yemen. Considering there are already Americans living with HIV/AIDS, it served little purpose to "quarantine" the country. I'm happy to see that our HIV/AIDS prevention strategies will no longer include an ineffective and discriminatory ban.

Image Source: Getty
Around The Web
Join The Conversation
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 6 years
Wow. I didn't even know this ban existed! I think it's awesome that it's being overturned, but I agree that there should be some level of education about the disease before the visitor is allowed in.
mermei mermei 6 years
It sorta amuses me that finally Obama does something for the gay community... but it's just to finish up a process that Bush started last year.
Glamgirl1 Glamgirl1 6 years
people who discriminate on others should burn in hell...i can't believe there was an actual ban!
omigosh omigosh 6 years
I'm shocked that this law existed, that's absolutely horrible! I'm very happy to see that type of discrimination gone!
15 Back-to-College Shopping Deals You Need in Your Life
President Barack Obama's Coolest Moments (Video)
Tips For Good Sex Life After a Baby
Down-to-Earth Photos of President Obama
I Forgot to Take My Birth Control Pill, What Should I Do?
Barack Obama Cute Moments With Sasha and Malia
Ways to Save at Disneyland

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Love
X