China Maintains HIV/AIDS Entry Ban Despite Olympic Scrutiny
July 31, 2008
China is ignoring calls to lift its longtime ban on HIV-positive foreign visitors ahead of the Olympic Games in Beijing in August, despite recently removing a ban on visitors with leprosy.
Currently, some 67 countries have HIV-specific laws that restrict the entry of HIV-positive persons. Organizers of the International AIDS Conference, which will convene in Mexico City Aug. 3-8, have condemned countries that refuse to lift travel restrictions.
"International AIDS Society member experts in infectious disease and public health have long held that laws and policies barring the entry, stay or residence of HIV-positive people do not protect the public health and may in fact impede effective responses to HIV," the organization said recently.
Agence France Presse
07.31.2008; Guy Newey
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.