Sunday, November 1, 2009

oh good, progress!

not so long ago we wrote about how, before he became president, obama said that he wanted to revoke the hiv travel ban but then when it came down to it he wasn't acting very fast.

the hiv travel ban, for those who don't know, disallows foreign nationals to cross into the united states if they are known to be hiv positive.

so if you didn't want to hide the fact that you were hiv positive, but you wanted to go into the united states, you had to apply for a special waiver.

well we just got this email:

"President Obama announced on October 30th the elimination of the HIV entry ban. 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. HHS will not able to fully implement the new regulation for another 60 days following the president’s announcement, but in the intervening months, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has directed its officers to place holds on any decisions regarding green card applications that are based solely on an individual’s HIV status pending full implementation of the new rule."

it's about time!

after obama announced his decision the UN put out a statement urging all nations with such restrictions to revoke them immediately, since they're discriminatory.

michael sidibe, UNAIDS executive director, stated that "placing travel restrictions on people living with HIV has no public health justification. it is also a violation of human rights."

no public health justification+violation of human rights=get rid of that shit!!!

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