HIV Victims Positively Unwelcome
August 16, 2010
Today, 66 countries, territories and areas deny entry, stay or residence to HIV-positive individuals, according to the International AIDS Society. Among them: 26 deport migrants testing HIV-positive; seven bar stays beyond certain timeframes; and six deny entry for the short-term. Many HIV-related travel restrictions were enacted during the early epidemic and reflected a period of fear, ignorance, and prejudice about the disease, said IAS.
Such laws pressure people into hiding their HIV status, the World Health Organization says. People may choose not to carry HIV medications on international trips to countries with unfriendly policies, raising the risk of drug-resistant HIV. "Furthermore, because drug resistance allows HIV to replicate in the body more freely, people with higher viral loads are also more infectious," WHO said.
Times of India
08.14.2010; Kounteya Sinha
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.
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