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HIV Travel Ban Lifted

Jim Burroway

January 5th, 2010

The HIV travel ban was officially lifted yesterday. One report has it that the first HIV-positive gay man arrived yesterday from the Netherlands. It turns out that couple won’t arrive until Thursday, so given the thousands of arrivals each day, it’s safe to say that the first arrival went unnoticed. As it should.

The Bush administration had approved the end of the travel ban in 2008, but the time-consuming process for changing the regulations weren’t completed by the end of Bush’s term. When Barack Obama took office, his administration put a halt to all pending Bush-era rule changes (including several environmental, occupational safety, and other rules) pending a review of the changes. Obama announced the end of the travel ban again in October, with the ban’s end taking effect on January 4.

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