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UNAIDS, International Organization for Migration Call for End to Restrictions on Travel for HIV-Positive People

June 15, 2004

A note from TheBody.com: Since this article was written, the HIV pandemic has changed, as has our understanding of HIV/AIDS and its treatment. As a result, parts of this article may be outdated. Please keep this in mind, and be sure to visit other parts of our site for more recent information!

UNAIDS and the International Organization for Migration have have called on 60 nations -- including the United States -- to end their policies requiring mandatory HIV testing to prevent HIV-positive people from entering the countries, VOA News reports. In addition to the United States, Russia and many Arab countries have mandatory HIV testing policies, some of which require tests even for short-term visitors, including business people or tourists. IOM HIV/AIDS Coordinator Mary Haour-Knipe said there is "no public health justification" for the policies, which "ad[d] to the climate of stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV." Stigma in turn "drives the disease underground" and prevents people from seeking testing and treatment, Haour-Knipe said, according to VOA News. In addition, imposing restrictions on the entry of foreign HIV-positive people gives the appearance that the disease is a foreign problem that can be controlled with border restrictions, Haour-Knipe said, VOA News reports (Schlein, VOA News, 6/12).

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Reprinted with permission from kaisernetwork.org. You can view the entire Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, search the archives, or sign up for email delivery at www.kaisernetwork.org/dailyreports/hiv. The Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report is published for kaisernetwork.org, a free service of the Kaiser Family Foundation, by The Advisory Board Company. © 2004 by The Advisory Board Company and Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved.

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