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January 4, 2010

US HIV travel ban has now ended

"HIV-positive individuals can legally visit and migrate to the US from today. 
President Obama announced the end of the ban at the end of October 2009, but there was a 60-day waiting period before this finally came into effect.

"Introduced early in the HIV pandemic, the US travel ban prevented visits to the US by people with HIV except in exceptional circumstances. Although it was widely flouted, individuals with HIV who were detected by US immigration staff were refused entry to the country and deported.  ...

"Following the removal of the ban, the International AIDS Society confirmed that the 2012 International AIDS Conference will be held in Washington D.C. The US capital has an HIV prevalence of 3% - the threshold for a severe, generalised epidemic is 1%. ...

"A list of countries and their entry policies for people with HIV can be read here"

Read more in Aidsmap, January 4, 2010.