End is near for the HIV travel ban

by on August 16, 2009  •  In Uncategorized

The period closes tomorrow for commenting on proposed new regulations from HHS that would finish the job (started last year) to fully repeal the ban on HIV-positive travelers entering the U.S. The group Immigration Equality has submitted two letters in support of the new regs, one signed by more than 300 organizations and the other by almost 4,000 individuals. Signers on the organization letter include non-U.S. as well as U.S. AIDS service groups, the United Methodist Church, and – thanks, Donna! – the University of Miami. All of the comments being submitted are available on the HHS/CDC web page.

With this administration in office, there should be no question about the outcome – the HIV ban is toast. The next stage in the process is that HHS will review all comments and then publish the final reg, possibly revised in light of the comments.  The law sets no deadline for when that must happen, but I would bet that we'll be rid of this AIDSphobic leftover by Christmas.


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