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September 26, 2009

U.S. closer to lifting HIV travel ban

"The Obama administration has taken a new step toward lifting the ban on HIV-positive foreign nationals entering the United States in a possible indication that a full repeal is coming soon.

"A memo issued Tuesday by U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services instructs officers to place on hold any green card applications for foreign nationals that would otherwise be denied simply because of HIV status.

"These holds will continue until the release of the final rule change, which is expected later this year from the Department of Health & Human Services."

Read more in Washington Blade, September23 , 2009.