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World AIDS Day: Seeking leadership from the Bush Administration
Date:11/27/2007

p in the global HIV/AIDS arena stands in stark contrast to its treatment of people with HIV/AIDS wishing to travel to the United States. Last year the president promised to start a process to lift restrictions on people with HIV traveling to this country. But the rule the administration recently proposed falls significantly short.

The new proposed rule continues to ignore long-standing statements from the U.S. Public Health Service that admitting people with HIV/AIDS into the country would not pose a significant risk to the U.S. population. It does not change the fact that, unlike people with any other manageable, chronic disease, people with HIV must demonstrate that they will pose no cost or risk to public health while in the United States. The proposed rule continues to impose a burdensome and stigmatizing process on people living with HIV/AIDS seeking to enter the country.

This World AIDS Day, the theme is leadership at all levels of society. HIVMA calls on the Bush administration to exercise positive and consistent leadership in fight against HIV/AIDS. On the one hand, the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief has put the United States at the forefront of the fight against HIV/AIDS in the developing world. But on the other hand, the presidents leadership on HIV/AIDS at home is strikingly lacking. HIVMA urges the president to immediately support the necessary funding for both domestic and global federal HIV/AIDS programs, and to lift restrictions against HIV-positive travelers to the United States.


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Contact: Steve Baragona
sbaragona@idsociety.org
703-299-0412
Infectious Diseases Society of America
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