Saturday, October 31, 2009


Obama to Lift HIV/AIDS Travel Ban

WASHINGTON (Oct. 31) -- President Barack Obama said Friday the U.S. will overturn a 20-year-old U.S. travel ban against people with HIV early next year.
The order will be finalized Monday, Obama said, completing a process begun during the Bush administration.

The U.S. has been one of about a dozen countries that bar entry to travelers based on their HIV status. Obama said the ban will be lifted just after the new year, after a waiting period of about 60 days.

"If we want to be a global leader in combating HIV/AIDS, we need to act like it," Obama said at the White House before signing a bill to extend the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program. Begun in 1990, the program provides medical care, medication and support services to about half a million people, most of them low-income.

(So. With our world renown superior medical services system we can NOW become the care-givers of the world's "low income people" who can soon come to America and check in at the Emergency Rooms of the Nation's hospitals which are mandated to service all comers regardless of ability to pay. Somewhere buried deep in the 2,000 plus pages of the Obamacare bill we'll surely see a mandate for this. I wonder if the already discovered to be false cost estimates considered the cost of treating another half-million aids cases? I'd like to see an amendment that would stipulate that these half-million immigrants be given housing in Las Vegas and San Francisco a reward to those who elected Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi to office. John)

The bill is named for an Indiana teenager who contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion at age 13. White went on to fight AIDS-related discrimination against him and others like him and help educate the country about the disease. He died in April 1990 at the age of 18.

His mother, Jeanne White-Ginder, attended the signing ceremony, as did several members of Congress and HIV/AIDS activists.

In 1987, at a time of widespread fear and ignorance about HIV, the Department of Health and Human Services added the disease to the list of communicable diseases that disqualified a person from entering the U.S.

The department tried in 1991 to reverse its decision but was opposed by Congress, which in 1993 went the other way and made HIV infection the only medical condition explicitly listed under immigration law as grounds for inadmissibility to the U.S.

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