House Democrats Send Letter to President Bush Urging "Swift Action" on Reversal of Rule Banning HIV-Positive Foreigners From Entering U.S.
September 22, 2008
Lawmakers and HIV advocates are urging the Bush administration to take action on reversing the current ban HIV-positive foreigners from entering the U.S., the AP/Los Angeles Times reports (Abrams, AP/Los Angeles Times, 9/20). President Bush in July signed into law a measure (HR 5501) that reauthorized the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief through 2013 and included a provision that eases U.S. HIV/AIDS travel restrictions. HHS in 1987 placed HIV on a list of diseases that barred entry into the U.S. for those carrying the diseases. Although that prohibition is separate from the congressionally imposed travel restrictions eased in the PEPFAR bill, federal health officials no longer are bound by law to keep HIV on the list (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 8/6). The agency must write a new rule and submit it for public comment before the ban can be lifted, the AP/Times reports.
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