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Press Release

HIV Entry Ban Undermines Public Health

GMHC Report Claims Immigrants Diagnosed With HIV Later Than Native-Born

March 18, 2009

New York, N.Y. -- Today Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) released a new report, Undermining Public Health and Human Rights: The United States HIV Travel and Immigration Ban. The report details the history of the U.S. HIV travel and immigration ban, including its public health, human rights, and economic tolls. The report also highlights new research that analyzes HIV-related disparities experienced by immigrants.

According to New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene data, immigrants are more likely (32%) to be diagnosed with both HIV and AIDS than their native born counterparts (24%), a marker of both late diagnosis and poor access to healthcare. HIV incidence among foreign-born New Yorkers steadily increased from 2001-2006. In 2001, they accounted for 15% of new HIV diagnoses in New York City versus 24% in 2007.

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Comment by: Eddy (London UK) Fri., Apr. 3, 2009 at 1:53 pm EDT
Nicos, well said! All this talk of lifting the ban last year and nothing has changed. I have a big number of family members in the USA who want me to visit. They don't know I'm HIV and I want to keep it that way. So, I'm stuck. I can't visit them. I have to keep making excuses. I want to visit family. I don't want to go running round pumping HIV into people. How DARE the USA administration automatically assume that I do!
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Comment by: Nicos Steratzias (London UK) Fri., Apr. 3, 2009 at 1:56 am EDT
Double standards -the US policy for the last 50 years!

On one hand USA is supposedly defending Democracy and Human Rights and on the other hand adopts this discriminatory policy!!!



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