US should ease its travel restrictions on HIV positive people, think tank says

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 19 April 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:820
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. Washington, DC

    An independent US think tank has called for a change in the law that prohibits HIV positive visitors and immigrants coming to the United States, allowing only occasional waivers on a case by case basis.

    The Center for Strategic and International Studies made its recommendations in a report that was discussed at a forum in Washington, DC, last week.

    The “travel ban” was passed by Congress in 1993 when hysteria over HIV was at its peak, before the introduction of effective treatments. In protest, the International AIDS Society has refused to hold its huge biennial conference in the US until the law is changed, and the World Health Organization has called the policy a violation of …

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