HIV Travel Ban to US to be lifted

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    Jun 30, 2009 3:02 PM GMT
    "The Obama administration has taken the first step toward lifting the ban on HIV positive foreign citizens from entering the United States. The administration’s Office of Management and Budget posted a notice on Friday indicating that the department of Health and Human Services should begin the work to reverse its regulation which disallows HIV positive foreigners from entering the US.

    Congress passed the policy change last year, and though the bill was signed by President Bush, it has not been implemented at this point.

    The implementation likely has wide-ranging effects on both travel and immigration policy. Under the current law, foreign citizens who are HIV positive canont travel to the United States and immigrants can be subject to HIV testing, and deportation if they’re found to be HIV positive. The exact changes to be made in curent regulation will be determined by the Department of Health and Human Services, but the bill passed by Congress grants broad authority to overturn the ban completely."

    What does it take to lift it? ....just stop asking. ... icon_rolleyes.gif
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Jun 30, 2009 10:30 PM GMT
    It's just ridiculous that we have a ban on HIV positive foreign nationals in 2009.

    To be completely honest, I don't get terribly worked up over the fact that this ban was once put in place. The travel ban was put in place in 1987, when we knew a lot less about the virus than we do these days. AZT was only approved for treatment in 1986, and in 1987 hemophiliac children who had develped AIDS were being barred from public schools out of, primarily, ignorance. When legislators don't know how things are being spread, it's not unreasonable on its face to prohibit entry into the country for people who have the disease. However, the science was settled long ago that casual contact doesn't lead to infection, and the travel ban should have been repealed no later than 1989 or 1990. That it's still in place today is reprehensible.
  • coolarmydude

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    Jun 30, 2009 10:37 PM GMT
    I know that it is DoD policy for HIV+ Servicemembers to be restricted to assignments within the US. I wonder if this will effect them to tour overseas (noncombat tours).
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    Jun 30, 2009 11:53 PM GMT
    I didn't know there was such a thing in the first place. WITCH!
  • DCEric

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    Jul 01, 2009 12:18 AM GMT