China lifts travel restrictions for HIV carriers

China has lifted a law which banned foreigners who have HIV and Aids ffrom entering the country.

“With HIV prevention and treatment now saving millions of lives, this is no longer the case. Policies that help curb discrimination can help prevent further transmission,” she said.

The International HIV/AIDS Alliance welcomed Tuesday’s lifting of the ban, describing it as “progressive”.

Graham Smith, the group’s China director, told the BBC World Service the move could help bring an end to the stigmatising of people with HIV and Aids.

“I think the value of a policy like this being lifted is the fact it sends out a very clear message that discrimination against people with HIV/Aids is not an effective way to control an epidemic and is a real barrier to prevention,” he said.

In a statement, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said “punitive policies and practices only hamper the global AIDS response”.

“I urge all other countries with such restrictions to remove them as a matter of priority and urgency,” he said.

“With HIV prevention and treatment now saving millions of lives, this is no longer the case. Policies that help curb discrimination can help prevent further transmission,” she said.

The International HIV/AIDS Alliance welcomed Tuesday’s lifting of the ban, describing it as “progressive”.

Graham Smith, the group’s China director, told the BBC World Service the move could help bring an end to the stigmatising of people with HIV and Aids.

“I think the value of a policy like this being lifted is the fact it sends out a very clear message that discrimination against people with HIV/Aids is not an effective way to control an epidemic and is a real barrier to prevention,” he said.

In a statement, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said “punitive policies and practices only hamper the global AIDS response”.

“I urge all other countries with such restrictions to remove them as a matter of priority and urgency,” he said.

 

Story from BBC NEWS: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/health/8647592.stm

Published: 2010/04/28 14:45:32 GMT

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