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Obama Expected To Announce End Of HIV Travel Ban

Jim Burroway

October 30th, 2009

The Advocate’s Kerry Eleveld is reporting that White House sources indicate that President Barack Obama is expected to announce the end of the HIV travel ban on Friday during a signing ceremony for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act. The ban was first implemented in 1987 and became law in 1993. It bars HIV-positive non-U.S. citizens from traveling or immigrating to the United States. The ban is a legacy of the late Sen. Jesse Helms. Congress rescinded the law last year, and the Bush administration initiated the cumbersome rule-change process in order to lift the administrative application of the ban:

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) put the wheels of change in motion in late June by publishing the proposed regulation to the federal register, which triggered a 45-day public comment period. HHS has now sent the final change to the Office of Management and Budget for approval, but the source said HHS would not be able to fully implement the new regulation for another 60 days following the president’s announcement.

If we’re lucky, the ban should be officially lifted shortly after Christmas.

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Lindoro Almaviva
October 30th, 2009 | LINK

15 years too late. Better late than never

werdna
October 30th, 2009 | LINK

Great news! Long overdue, but glad it’s finally happening.

Burr
October 30th, 2009 | LINK

I can’t believe how ridiculously long it took to get rid of this measly, stupid little rule not grounded in anything but sheer ignorance.

gar
October 30th, 2009 | LINK

This is the type of low hanging fruit that Pres. Obama’s staff should have advised him to do months ago. It would have avoided a lot of sturm and drang with the community.

a. mcewen
October 31st, 2009 | LINK

There is NO such thing as low hanging fruit when it comes to how an issue like this can exploited by the religious right.

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