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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.

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Join The Conversation
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 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 7 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 7 years
people who discriminate on others should burn in hell...i can't believe there was an actual ban!
omigosh omigosh 7 years
I'm shocked that this law existed, that's absolutely horrible! I'm very happy to see that type of discrimination gone!
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