You are looking at a global map that details countries that impose HIV travel and residence restrictions. (Expands when you click.) The United State is one of many nations colored "red" that impose restrictions against HIV-positive foreign nationals from entering the country. The Obama Administration has taken the first steps in lifting the regulatory ban that was signed into law last summer by George W. Bush.
The Office of Management and Budget posted a notice on its site Friday afternoon indicating that the department of Health and Human Services could move forward with steps to change a regulation that has restricted HIV-positive people from gaining entrance into the United States.
The proposed change will likely have an impact on both travel and immigration to the United States. Under current regulations, non-U.S. citizens who are HIV-positive cannot travel to the United States unless they are granted a waiver by the Department of Homeland Security. Immigrants have also been required to be tested for HIV. The actual regulatory change, however, will not be available until next week, and advocates are waiting to analyze the exact language.
The new regulations will be published in the federal register tomorrow and must undergo several review periods. "We’re hoping it will take effect by the end of the year," says Steve Ralls, communications director for Immigration Equality.
The HIV travel ban is a mean-spirited relic of the Jesse Helms era. It was approved in 1987 and codified by Congress in 1993. Good bye and good riddance ... and kudos to the Obama Administration for taking the first steps to lift the ban.
UPDATE: Duh. Didn't post the map earlier.
UPDATE2: HRC Backstory reports the new regs will be published in the Federal Register tomorrow "which will signal the start of the public comment period."