President Obama Announces Final Rule Ending Ban on HIV-Positive Immigrants

October 30, 2009

(San Francisco, California, October 30, 2009) – The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) praised President Obama’s announcement today that a final rule repealing the ban on entry to the United States by people with HIV will be published on Monday, November 2.  The repeal will take effect in early January, 2010.

Statement from Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights:

“The ban on entry by HIV-positive immigrants and visitors to the United States has devastated countless lives since it was put in place 22 years ago.  That exclusionary policy was rooted in baseless, outdated fears of casual HIV transmission, and unfairly stigmatized people with HIV and AIDS.  The ban has been particularly harmful to LGBT immigrants and their families, preventing some of the most vulnerable individuals who need to escape violence or threats of harm in their home countries from finding shelter here.  We applaud President Obama for completing the repeal effort begun by Congress and President Bush last year and ending this discriminatory ban once and for all.”

Watch President Obama Sign the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Act

October 30, 2009

The President talks about the legacy of Ryan White as he reauthorizes the landmark bill named in his honor that helps provide medical treatment to more than half a million Americans living with HIV/AIDS.

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HIV Travel Ban To Be Lifted

June 26, 2009

by Kerry Eleveld |

The first step to ending the HIV travel ban in the United States has been taken by the Obama administration. The Office of Management and Budget posted a notice on its site Friday afternoon indicating that the department of Health and Human Services could move forward with steps to change a regulation that has restricted HIV-positive people from gaining entrance into the United States.

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