Friday, October 30, 2009

HIV Travel Ban Lifted! Now We're Talking About Change We Can Believe In

Pres. Obama lifted the travel ban of HIV+ people, some of whom are LGBTQ.

This is great news.

We were one of a handful of countries that had this draconian measure still in place.

President Obama:

A couple of years ago Michelle and I were in Africa and we tried to combat the stigma when we were in Kenya by taking a public HIV/AIDS test. And I'm proud to announce today we're about to take another step towards ending that stigma.

Twenty-two years ago, in a decision rooted in fear rather than fact, the United States instituted a travel ban on entry into the country for people living with HIV/AIDS. Now, we talk about reducing the stigma of this disease -- yet we've treated a visitor living with it as a threat. We lead the world when it comes to helping stem the AIDS pandemic -- yet we are one of only a dozen countries that still bar people from HIV from entering our own country.If we want to be the global leader in combating HIV/AIDS, we need to act like it

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