U.S. to lift travel ban on HIV-affected

Washington: President Barack Obama said on Friday that a U.S. travel ban on people infected with the HIV would be overturned early next year.

“If we want to be a global leader in combating HIV/AIDS, we need to act like it,” the President said at the White House before signing a Bill to extend the Ryan White HIV/AIDS programme.

The United States is one of about a dozen countries that bar entry to travellers based on their HIV status. The ban has been in place for more than 20 years. Mr. Obama said it would be lifted just after the new year, after a waiting period of about 60 days.

AP, for  The Hindu

The order would be completed on Monday, Mr. Obama said, finishing a process begun during the administration of the former President, George W Bush.

http://www.thehindu.com/2009/10/31/stories/2009103160721000.htm



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