Travel Ban for HIV Patients in United States to Be Lifted

The United States Senate has voted to overturn a two-decade law that bans people living with HIV from entering the country.  The Advocate magazine, which reports about gay and lesbian concerns, has also reported that new regulations have been issued by the United States Department of Health and Human Services that would lift restrictions against nonimmigrant visas for people with HIV and AIDS.  The office has removed HIV from the list of diseases that made visitors ineligible for entry to the country.

This development has come more than a year after the United States Congress passed the bill that repealed the ban on HIV-positive visitors, which was enacted during the time when people around the world feared the disease without proper information.

It is remembered that Paul Thorn, a UK-based HIV activist, was banned from entering the US after he stated he was living with the virus on his visa-waiver application back in June.  He was supposed to speak at the Pacific health summit in Seattle.  He accused the US of having an HIV policy that is rooted in fear, adding that it had no right to call itself a leader in the fight against the disease.

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