Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Update: HIV Travel Ban

Reports are appearing that on October 22, the Dept. of Health and Human Services sent the final ruling that will lift the ban on admitting HIV+ travelers or immigrants to the US. The Office of Management and Budget must review the final ruling within 60 days, meaning the ban would be lifted no later than December 21. There are reports suggesting the actual date will be before the end of this month.

HIV will no longer be considered a "communicable disease of public health significance", meaning you can't get HIV from anyone just by allowing them in to your country. As such, it will no longer be grounds for inadmissibility.

And 20 years of bigotry, at least on this issue, is over.

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