US lifts the 22-year old HIV/Aids immigration ban
President Barack Obama today announced the elimination of the HIV entry ban that was enacted in 1987 which banned HIV-positive travelers and immigrants from entering or traveling through the United States without a special waiver
A final rule will be published in the Federal Register on Monday, November 2nd and will take effect in early January 2010. That means that people who have HIV and are not U.S. citizens will be able to enter the U.S. starting in January next year. This is a major step in ending the stigma associated with HIVSource: www.whitehouse.gov
President Barack Obama made the announcement today after signing the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009. Jeanne White-Ginder, Ryan White’s mother, was here at the bill signing.
The Ryan White Program is the largest federal program specifically dedicated to providing HIV care and treatment. It funds heavily impacted metropolitan areas, states, and local community-based organizations to provide life-saving medical care, medications, and support services to more than half a million people each year: the uninsured and underinsured, racial and ethnic minorities, people of all ages.Source: www.whitehouse.gov
A very good news for the HIV community!