U.S. Visa for Foreign Student With HIV
Aug 15, 2017
Hi! I was accepted in graduate school program in the US but I have HIV. I will be applying for a student visa soon. Do I need to declare my HIV status in the online application form? Do the embassy have a way of detecting it even if I don't declare this status? How about my meds? Is it okay to place them inside my carry-on luggage? Will there be a problem doing that? what else do I need to know about this situation?
Response from Ms. Goldfein
Congratulations on your admission to graduate school. Because of President Obama's 2009 repeal of the HIV entry ban, as of January 2010 the U.S. no longer denies entry to any visitors based on HIV status. As part of the repeal, HIV was removed from the CDC's list of "communicable diseases of public health significance."
Entry to the U.S. is still denied to visitors who have a disease on the list, such as active tuberculosis, infectious syphilis, gonorrhea, infectious leprosy. Visitors must undergo a visa-related medical examination, but it will not include an HIV test.
You may answer no to the visa application question, "Have you ever been afflicted with a communicable disease of public health significance or a dangerous physical or mental disorder, or ever been a drug user or addict?" if HIV would have been the sole reason to answer yes.
Since HIV is no longer on the communicable diseases list, you don't have to worry about traveling with your meds. Keep them in their original containers for easy identification. As with all meds, it's best to pack them in your carry-on luggage.
Good luck with your studies.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- What Do I Do When My Shingles Start To Scab?
- What Are The Side Effects Of Herpes?
- What Are The Chances Of Passing Chlamydia With A Condom?
- What Are The Chances Of Getting Herpes Or Warts From A Safe Exposure With A Prostitute?
- Symptoms Of Shingles In The Throat
- Symptoms Of Chlamydia After Treatment
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.