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Travel ban hiv-positive people to US lifted

by Editorial Staff in General , 04 oktober 2009

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The restrictions for hiv-positive people wanting to travel to the US will probably be lifted at the end of the year. The administration of Obama has taken further measures to abolish the ban. Last summer Congress already passed a law, which president Bush signed. It was too late however, to have it come into effect before the end of his term.

The office of Management & Budget (OMB) announced that the Ministry of Health & Human Services (HHS) is now allowed to make the changes in the wretched legislation. Their website states the proposed changes will affect both travelers and immigrants.

After publication of the proposal there is a period of 45 days for deliberation. The HHS will review all responses and sends everything back to the OBM, who will again publicize the result, after which another round of deliberation will take place.

In theory Congress can still block the process but that is considered highly unlikely. The new situation could come into effect in the fall at the earliest. Joe Solmonese, chair of the Campaign for Human Rights, stated: “Again, we’re one important step closer to the end of this discriminating legislation.

It has been unnecessary and has had no effect whatsoever on public health.” We’re convinced this sad chapter in the history of America will soon come to an end.

Last month there was widespread commotion when it became clear that sixty hiv-positive Canadians were refused entry this year because of their hiv-status.

The discriminating restriction was created in 1987 when everyone was in panic over Aids. Whenever hiv-positive people wanted to go to the States they were forced to lie about their status, send their medication in advance, or have other people import it. There are still ten other countries that have restrictions in place, even for short visits, like Sudan, Iraq, South Korea, Qatar and Yemen.



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