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White House announces end to HIV travel ban

Updated 12:30 p.m.
By Garance Franke-Ruta
President Obama called the 22-year ban on travel and immigration by HIV-positive individuals a decision "rooted in fear rather than fact" and announced the end of the rule-making process lifting the ban.

The president signed the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009 at the White House Friday and also spoke of the new rules, which have been under development more more than a year. "We are finishing the job," the president said.

The regulations are the final procedural step in ending the ban, and will be published Monday in the Federal Register, to be followed by the standard 60-day waiting period prior to implementation.

A ban on travel and immigration to the U.S. by individuals with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, was first established by the Reagan-era U.S. Public Health Service and then given further support when Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) added HIV to the travel-exclusion list in a move that was ultimately passed unanimously by the Senate in 1987.

A 1990-1991 effort to overturn the regulatory ban failed in the face of outcry and lobbying from conservative groups and bureaucratic turf disputes. The ban was upheld in 1993 when Congress added it to U.S. immigration laws.

The Senate finally voted to overturn the ban as part of approving legislation reauthorizing funding for the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, in 2008, and President Bush signed it into law on July 30 of that year. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and then-Sen. Gordon H. Smith (R-Ore.) led the process in the Senate.

"This really proves that immigration laws that exclude families and stigmatize individuals are destined to fail," said Rachel B. Tiven, executive director of Immigration Equality, a group that has mobilized more than 20,000 comments in support of ending the ban.

"The climate has really changed," she said, attributing the end of the ban to a diminishment in "misinformation about HIV and AIDS."

The lifting of the ban removes one of the last vestiges of early U.S. AIDS policy. "We're thrilled that the ban has been lifted based on science, reason, and human rights. Our hope is that this decision reflects a commitment to adopting more evidence-based policies when confronting the AIDS epidemic and developing a comprehensive national AIDS strategy," said Kevin Robert Frost, CEO of amFAR, an AIDS research foundation.

Until today's announcement, the U.S. was one of only 7 countries with laws that bar entry of people with HIV, the group noted.

Posted at 11:43 AM ET on Oct 30, 2009
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Did you right wing nut-jobs even read this piece or just the headline? I know your right wing media has "taught" you to be reactionary idiots but come on, try thinking for yourselves. It only hurts at first.

#1. Travel into the country. This can be for tourism, sports events, concerts, professional conferences.

#2. Immigration. This implies LEGAL immigration based on the rules guiding LEGAL IMMIGRATION - like most all of your families got here once you boobs!

You have been trained to hate anything and everything Omama does by your weeping Glenn Becks, and sneering Malkins, and hate spewing Weiners but I am sure some of you, just a few, can overcome your brainwashing and become full human beings once again.

We'll be waiting...

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

-Lady Liberty

Posted by: tjwdraws | November 2, 2009 6:24 AM

Congress passes many laws in secret, which is very un-American, but this demonstrates a reckless disregard for the well-being of our people. Once again, special-interest lobbying wins, and We The People lose. Disgusting.

Posted by: allamer1 | November 1, 2009 11:23 PM

Timing is everything...

Just doesn't seem right to open the borders even more...(to those already infected) at a time when America is in turmoil over HCR...Illegals already using our ER's like GP clinics.. I'm sure...On America's tab....
I have no problem with anyone visiting America, however allowing all to just move on in...at our countries time of Medical crisis...Is just plain "OBAMA" of him.
Time to give it a rest Mr President....As of today... You are still ONLY the President of the USA... NOT the worlds LEADER YET..... TOO MUCH, TOO FAST = Possible personal AGENDA. Wake up WORLD!..Before we are bombarded and have lost the little freedom and choice he hasn't taken from us all..... YET!....

And btw.....we could use a day off from the madness brought on our country since January...What is the hurry?????

Posted by: MsDee1 | November 1, 2009 9:41 PM

For those of you who want to blame this on Obama, this is part of the PEPFAR legislation that President BUSH began. I wonder how many of you would be singing Bush's praises for his benevolence if he was still in office?

HIV/AIDS is now considered a chronic disease, not a death sentence when the patient is under treatment. People with HIV or AIDS are not dangerous to ANYONE as long as everyone is educated. That must include sex education, something our country seems to have an issue with, thanks to President Bush.

Posted by: smalls2 | November 1, 2009 6:49 PM

Yes world, send us your sick, your poor, your terminally ill. Don't worry about paying! Everything is FREE in America! FREE US Citizenship to anyone registering as a democrat! FREE health care! FREE living expenses! Come all! Come now!

Posted by: penniless_taxpayer | November 1, 2009 11:02 AM

I am happy to see the end of this international discrimination and AIDS panic.

I am also pleased that this is causing rethuglican heads to explode all across our land.

You hateful people could really benefit from pulling your heads out of your a$$es and learn a bit about the world around you. It is not as scary as your overlords (cheney and his flying monkeys) would have you believe.

Posted by: tjwdraws | November 1, 2009 10:29 AM

I have to agree with the President's reasoning on this one, especially now that everyone knows (or should) about HIV.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | October 31, 2009 10:33 PM

Dear ardysrp,

Your opinion needs an attention:" a man buys the presoidency of the US for three quarters of a billion dollars"

What does this remark has to deal with the discussion on this subject?
And if in your opinion it does: why don't you tell the objective facts in other to prevent we all fall in your opinion which is at this moment a stigma and not based on facts?

Posted by: janroseboom | October 31, 2009 5:38 PM

Dear LOONYBIN,
I live in the Netherlands you have to know.
Here we have a system of insurance-solidarity for all people in this country.
It is an agreement between the people/workers - business - and at the latest our Government.
The basic-premium we are paying for our health-care can - because of our system of solidarity - being based on an equal amount.I'am only trying you to inform what is possible if peopleare prepared to work with another. Here is a "link" with information about our system:
http://www.justlanded.com/english/Netherlands/Netherlands-Guide/Health/Healthcare
I'am not saying our system is the best.
Friendly request, read it over and make the best of it for your country.

Jan

Posted by: janroseboom | October 31, 2009 4:53 PM

Oh!Bama is discriminating against others who have infectious diseases. Why not lift the ban against those with Bubonic Plague? They are entitled to the same benefits as those HIV carriers. Welcome to the USA where Oh!Bamacare is free to all those in the world who need it. Come one come all. Don't forget to turn the lights out as you leave the bankrupt U.S. and return from whence you came.

Posted by: jackp1 | October 31, 2009 4:39 PM


OBAMA; YOU MUST BE OUT OF YOUR MIND. HIV/AIDS WILL SPREAD LIKE WILD FIRES IN THIS COUNTRY. AND PROBABLY WILL NOT COST THESE PEOPLE ONE NICKLE TO BE TREATED. BUT TAKE THE MONEY AWAY FROM SENIORS,AND DONT TELL US WE ARE GETTING $250. YOU CANT BUY DOG FOOD AND HUMAN FOOD IN A WEEKS TIME FOR THAT AMT. OF MONEY.

ALLOWING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS SO BIG CORPS CAN PAY LESS WAGES AND MAKE MOREW MONEY. NOT TO MENTION FREE HEALTH CARE!!!!!

wHAT IN gOD'S NAME IS HAPPENING TO THIS COUNTRY. i CANNOT EVEN AFFORD HEARING AIDS THAT WILL HELP ME LIVE ANOTHER FEW YEARS. I AM SO DEPRESSED AND DISGUSTED WITH THE POLITICS OF THIS COUNTRY. INSTEAD OF TAKING CARE OF AMERICANS AND SENIORS WHO HAVE WORKED THEIR BUTTS OFF TO STAY ALIVE, YOU ARE GIVING OUR LIFE'S BLOOD AWAY

Posted by: LOONYBIN2000 | October 31, 2009 4:30 PM

Dear Duif/Bud,

I read your response. I can imagine you love animals, so do I and moreover: I love people.
I read in your raction "if", and I asked myself - because Í don't know you - why is he/she afraid for?
Do you realy understand that the time USA is financed by the rest of the world is over?
Iám not shocked by this fact: shake hands?

Posted by: janroseboom | October 31, 2009 4:26 PM


OBAMA; YOU MUST BE OUT OF YOUR MIND. HIV/AIDS WILL SPREAD LIKE WILD FIRES IN THIS COUNTRY. AND PROBABLY WILL NOT COST THESE PEOPLE ONE NICKLE TO BE TREATED. BUT TAKE THE MONEY AWAY FROM SENIORS,AND DONT TELL US WE ARE GETTING $250. YOU CANT BUY DOG FOOD AND HUMAN FOOD IN A WEEKS TIME FOR THAT AMT. OF MONEY.

ALLOWING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS SO BIG CORPS CAN PAY LESS WAGES AND MAKE MOREW MONEY. NOT TO MENTION FREE HEALTH CARE!!!!!

wHAT IN gOD'S NAME IS HAPPENING TO THIS COUNTRY. i CANNOT EVEN AFFORD HEARING AIDS THAT WILL HELP ME LIVE ANOTHER FEW YEARS. I AM SO DEPRESSED AND DISGUSTED WITH THE POLITICS OF THIS COUNTRY. INSTEAD OF TAKING CARE OF AMERICANS AND SENIORS WHO HAVE WORKED THEIR BUTTS OFF TO STAY ALIVE, YOU ARE GIVING OUR LIFE'S BLOOD AWAY

Posted by: LOONYBIN2000 | October 31, 2009 4:25 PM

Once a person lies no one will ever take him at his word again, once he breaks a promise no one will ever take his promises seriously again, once a man buys the presidency of the US for three quarters of a billion dollars he will only be able to get that much money by raiding the US Treasury to bestow upon his chosen people again.

Posted by: ardysrp | October 31, 2009 4:23 PM

Is Obama liable if a US citizen acquires AIDS from a foreigner who was allowed to enter the US legally?
His sworn obligation is to protect the US citizens. He does not seem to take that oath very serious.

I guess if you are poor, uneducated, do not have any skills to support yourself, are too lazy to work or learn, has absolutely nothing to contribute to society and will be totally dependent on the government (US Taxpayer), Obama will hand you a preferred visa to come into the US.

The time that you had to prove you had no communical diseases,were able to speak English and were able to prove that you would not become a burden on the US taxpayer, in order to get a visa, is over.

Is that really good for the US?
Who provides for the rest of the world once the goose that lays the golden eggs (The US) has been killed?
What country is going to take over that job? Is any other country capable of donating to the world like the US has done?

Is it not amazing that wealth redistribution always results in rich politicians and poor citizens?

Posted by: duif100 | October 31, 2009 3:54 PM

I wonder how many US citizens will be denied medical care and given a death sentence because their tax money has been spent subsidizing the medical of HIV positive foreigners entering the US for better medical care. The US tax burden is not yet high enough.
Is Obama making the US taxpayer a slave for the rest of the world?
This guy has an ego that won't stop. He is buying his "world leader" position for the future by destroying the US and its citizens. Is he the US president or his he running for Secretary General of the UN?

Posted by: duif100 | October 31, 2009 3:27 PM

OK-my apologies, I found my post.

Posted by: ardysrp | October 31, 2009 1:09 PM

What happened to my post. I deny that there was anything even slightly offensive about it. The one posted under it was but not mine...restore it please

Posted by: ardysrp | October 31, 2009 1:05 PM

How does drastically raising HIV infection rates across the USA help the country? This amounts to more clear evidence that Obama wants to destroy America. How much more evidence do the people need?

Posted by: mock1ngb1rd | October 31, 2009 12:32 PM

What "facts" exactly led to the lifting of this ban? What "facts" are going to pay the cost of medicating these new admittances? What "facts" prove that these people are knowledgeable enough or motivated enough to follow the precautions needed to prevent further spread of this disease? This is a gamble with the American citizen's well being once again based on hope and change and not facts. I suppose it will be blamed on Bush!

Posted by: ardysrp | October 31, 2009 11:41 AM

This is just further proof of how much Obummer detests the US and its citizens.
Not a day goes by that I don't hope someone will shoot the worthless scum bag.

Posted by: brattykathyi1 | October 31, 2009 10:25 AM

Why do Republican views always come across as alarmist and selfish?

The United States has a, world class leading, role to play and, must stand up as the ideal, for which all other Christian nations strive to emulate.

Subsequent Republican administrations have made it dangerous to be identified, as an American, in most parts of the world and uncomfortable at best in those friendly parts where Americans are simply deemed to be untrustworthy.

"Americans unite as a nation"
Live up to the aspirations of your forefathers and heritage.

Come together for the common good of all civilized peoples and lose your collective negative mantle, of recent years.
Worrying about such a minor issue is meaningless, get the bigger picture its about example and leadership.

To those worried, rightly, about the disease, do they really think legislation such as this made any difference, in any case?

Good for you Mr.President You are the true American!

Posted by: ralphlauren | October 31, 2009 8:27 AM

This article is linked on http://www.cheatsheetnews.com

Posted by: cheatsheetnews | October 31, 2009 12:28 AM

The majority of these comments only proves that Republikkkans are nothing but mean-spirited bigots.

Posted by: cravermi | October 30, 2009 11:43 PM

At $1.6 trillion and climbing, we don't have enough healthcontrol to pay for so let's invite the world's HIV victims here for us to pay for also in addition to the ILLEGALS who aren't covered, but are. Just part of Obama's plan to break this country! When is he going to do anything for Americans? NOT!

Posted by: TexRancher | October 30, 2009 11:31 PM

Thank goodness. My health insurance wasn't going up fast enough.

Posted by: jtcmd | October 30, 2009 10:23 PM

Iám living in The Netherlands.
For me it is great news, because it shows how the USA is dealing with people and their human rights. I will not visit the USA at this moment.
A lot of steps on the path of equality will be made and should be.
I know a lot of people in Europe are solidair with the ones in the USA who take care and are fighting for equal rights.
When I read some comments on this news item, Iám asking myself: do people really sea and feel what is going on in their own country?
I'am looking forword to more actions of internal and global solidarity from your government.
I hope you do so too!

Jan

Posted by: janroseboom | October 30, 2009 9:08 PM

Riddle me this:
If the medical care and treatment is so good in the countries where all these people with AIDS presently reside, why are they in such a tizzy to come here?

Thanks to this congress led by this president we now open our borders to additional trouble, additional costs for FREE care and FREE drugs...all put on the taxpayers.

What a crock.

Posted by: jimbob3 | October 30, 2009 7:03 PM

"This is getting riduculous - this is not a change for the better.

Posted by: Lavrat2000 "
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Bush signed the original bill last year

Posted by: JRM2 | October 30, 2009 6:48 PM

The new documentary, "House of Numbers", will be out on DVD sometime in 2010 and is out now in some theatres. In it, the French discoverer of HIV who won the 2008 Nobel Prize in Medicine, admits HIV cannot cause AIDS by itself and that the AIDS drugs are toxic and often do more harm than good and that the body can clear itself of HIV without drugs. Furthermore, thousands of scientists believe 1) there is no proof that HIV can harm the immune system by itself and that 2) HIV is not sexually transmitted.

The reason you don't hear much about these things is because Big Pharma, Big Universities, AIDS support groups and others are raking in billions of dollars per year maintaining this fiction. Shout 'virus' in a theatre and watch the money start to flow.

Read the book, "Inventing the AIDS Virus", and spend time reading the thousands of pages by many scientists at websites such virusmyth.com, aliveandwell.org and aras.ab.ca

We've all been suckered by what one Harvard professor calls the 'biggest hoax of the 20th century'. The crime is not letting HIV (antibody) positive immigrants come here—the crime is you, the taxpayer, have been bilked out of hundreds of billions of dollars over two decades for a scam. Yes, there are people who have Acquired Deficiencies in their Immune Systems---but not from a mysterious retro-virus which they still cannot isolate even from those dying from so-called ‘AIDS’. Read the sources above to find out what really is causing those problems in immune systems.

Posted by: harrellgraham | October 30, 2009 4:42 PM

The mortality of all inanimate things is terrible to me, but that of books most of all.
'Letters to Charles Eliot Norton [April 6, 1903]'

Posted by: edtroyhampton | October 30, 2009 4:25 PM

Don't care if it was just for tourist visa, still not okay!

Posted by: maxieru | October 30, 2009 4:07 PM

The USA has an immigration policy of not seeking "The Best and the Brightest" but actually "The Lowest and the Dullest." The USA may be one of seven countries to not allow HIV visitors, but the USA will also be one of the few to allow them free treatment at taxpayer's expense once they are here.

Posted by: pgr88 | October 30, 2009 3:26 PM

Great, what a clown.

Posted by: affirmativeactionpresident | October 30, 2009 3:05 PM

Mexico has outsourced much of its Welfare and Low-Income health-care to the US Taxpayer - now we also get to subsidize health-care for the world's HIV patients.

thanks Barry!
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left wingers dont seem to understand that there has to be an inverse relationship between the size and scope of the american social safety next and how many mexicans we simply allow to swim across the boarder and take up residence here.

america is already bankrupt. an even more generous social safety net (on top of progressive taxation, 3.5% downpayment loands from FHA, Section 8 housing, Pell grants for college, unemployment benefits, welfare, medicaid, disability, food stamps) mixed with millions of new and largely poor and unskileld and uneducated immigrants (legal or otherwise) is a recipe for hastening our nation's insolvency.

liberals, simply put, do not understand the saliency of numbers.

Posted by: dummypants | October 30, 2009 2:52 PM

and we're still letting people from other countries into the US. What a g-damn fluster cluck. Like the jews who just meekly went along with nazi policies, we are headed for disaster. Stop all immigration now!

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | October 30, 2009 2:51 PM

This is really a STUPID move. Remember that we used to screen sick people out at Ellis Island. WTF is going on in this country?!

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | October 30, 2009 2:47 PM

Why is it that every friggin post is filled with racist bigotted comments from people who don't even know what they are talkin about.

I mean I could say that _ WOW now Mark Sanfords little South American HO can come visit

Or

Well If BUSHIE would have helped pay for better sex education around the world instead of those SILLY ABSTINANCE POLICies and IF HE HADN"T SIGNED THE FIRST PART INTO LAW OVER A YEAR AGO

YEAH BUSHIE DID THIS NOT OBAMA

LOSERS

Posted by: kare1 | October 30, 2009 2:47 PM

ah yes, obama never tries to scare people, no not with health care or the economy when he needs to pass the biggest bill of pork in american history.

he's always rational. like when he discontinued the DC school voucher program because he saw the data that said the program boosted achievement among poor minorities.

indeed, with decision making like that, how could anything go wrong?

indeed.

Posted by: dummypants | October 30, 2009 2:46 PM

Man... as a democrat it breaks my heart when the President misrepresents history. Fear had nothing to do with the ban. It was to protect the public based on information that we had at the time.

Go get him Glen.

Posted by: robinhood2 | October 30, 2009 2:45 PM

Beckian Lunatics:

Your hero, Bush, signed the original bill last year. Read the article. Obama just signed the final procedural step.

But keep ignoring facts and only blame Obama. Reality bites, eh?

Posted by: WaPoSucksBig | October 30, 2009 2:36 PM

Now I guess we know why the new health care bill is close to a trillion dollars - so we can have the privilege of helping people who originated from country's who hate us come here and kill us.

Another brilliant idea brought to you by the incompetent community organizer otherwise known as our incompetent President.

Of course lib--turds see these people as targets of opportunity. Some "lifestyle."

Posted by: Bcamp55 | October 30, 2009 2:32 PM

You really think that HIV is going to spread faster in the US because of people from other countries coming into the US? Wake up and smell the education.

Posted by: JRybka1611"

Uh, YES !! And what does education have to do with it? Why don't we just use COMMON SENSE. If you add to the population that has the disease, you are more than likely increasing the odds that the disease will spread further than it would if you did not allow them in. Many of those entering from other countries are not as up to date on the methods of preventing the spread of the disease.

Posted by: VaBroker | October 30, 2009 2:27 PM

Man, Obama and his minions have gotten outright stupid in there decisions... man..

First he does this Gay rights for Federal workers thing... side steps the law and vote of the people

Then he lift the travel and other restrictions off cuba... they still a communist country, and now the UN is calling for the lifting of the embargo.

His advisors (CZARS) are all pretty much out on the fringes of American thinking.. way out on the fringe. And the White house answrs no questions as to why these people are there!!

His party has grand ideas and no pratcial way to impliment them... but yet talk about it as though its possible. BAH

And now he wants to let in people Affected with Aids into our country. WHY???? so they can get free healthcare?? Isnt it good enough he will give "HIS" people free health care, does he have to make america pay for the World??? I wonder where these aids people coming from... Africa... DOH


Obama .. now ur getting stupid with this stuff.. and you are angering the American people.... Wake up!!! Or continue what you are doing and DESTORY the USA...

In one term.. not even that.. only a quarter of a term and its in shambles.. So much for a Black man being president!! See what you get!

All we get from This goverment is lies... Lies on the health care.. you think any one believes you that this wont raise the deficit?? Not every one is that dumb.. The stimulus package did nothing for our econmoy except put us in BIG DEBT. No jobs created... only jobs created are for CZARS that get paid taxdollars.


This Has become a 35 ring CIRCUS!!!!!

Posted by: ccharles1 | October 30, 2009 2:23 PM

Don't worry. If HIV persons are looking for a country to flood to get health care, it won't be here. Our system stinks.

Posted by: rcvinson64 | October 30, 2009 2:18 PM

gregK, you are right in not presuming since you haven't read anything and do not know immigration policy.

Yes, physical exams were required for entry into the United States for all but tourist visas for short stays before the new administration.

Don't base your opinions on what you read in the Washington Post. Do your own research. Go to www.state.gov and read what the requirements are for entry into this country based on work visas. It's all there. Then go back in 60 days when the new policy takes effect and see the difference.

Or you could call the State Department and ask.

Posted by: cibor | October 30, 2009 2:14 PM

Perhaps some of you folks have read the entire regulation, which I have not; but this WaPo article makes no mention of any rule changes on physical examination of immigrants. So this entire line of argument about immigrants with infectious diseases is just another fact-free Beckian rant, is it not? I suspect we have not required a physical exam of new arrivals for many years. What will all you Obama-haters do if it turns out a Republican changed that rule? Oh, that's right - unless the person swears fealty to the the holy truths of SSS (Socialism, Secession and Sarah), they are RINOs, yes?

Posted by: greyK | October 30, 2009 2:04 PM

OH JOY!

Fatally infected Immigrants allowed!

I could just DIE! :-/


Brain-Fart;

thy name is: Libbie!

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 30, 2009 2:00 PM

As with many of his "new ideas", it's a matter of how it is portrayed.

I agree discrimination against People with Disabilities is wrong. I also believe discrimination based on your choice of sexual lifestyle is wrong.

I don't equate letting people into the country with HIV/AIDS is a "human rights" issue, but if people hear it portrayed that way, they'll defend it.

Where does the new administration draw the line in allowing people in need of expensive medical care to enter our country?

If I had HIV and I lived in Algeria, you BET I would now be on the first plane to Washington, DC and signing up for free medication attention, because to deny me treatment is a violation of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009!

If I need a transplant unavailable in my home country, I'm coming to the United States, where every person will have health insurance even if you don't earn any money! What a concept!

Posted by: cibor | October 30, 2009 1:59 PM

I understand the "human right" aspect of this decision. I don't think it was wise decision and I am not concerned that we were only 7 of global countries that had this ban. Those "other" countries have their own agenda for treating HIV virus and infectious diseases.
As before in our history upon entering Ellis Island and before citizenship in America immigrants were screened for infectious diseases. The practical and healthy purpose of this process was not to knowing inflict infectious diseases, such as TB, on the existing populace.
Evidently that is not a concern for our government nowadays. This has become a forgotten but important consideration in allowing immigration into this country.

Posted by: maxieru | October 30, 2009 1:38 PM

While I have no problem with HIV+ people being tourists in the USA, letting them immigrate would probably yet another burden on our overstretched medical system.

Posted by: wolfcastle | October 30, 2009 1:22 PM

"Cibor~ I believe that you are missing the point. TB and HIV are two totally different kinds of diseases. TB is contagous just by being in a room with someone. HIV (as most people know now) is only passed through drug or unsafe sexual activity. You really think that HIV is going to spread faster in the US because of people from other countries coming into the US? Wake up and smell the education.

Posted by: JRybka1611"

================================

We're just looking at it from different perspectives. I see it as a signal that foreign persons can now enter the United States without the previous requirement for a physical examination to ensure they are not coming into this country sick and with the ability to spread disease.

Oh course we all know how HIV is spread, and we know unprotected sex, including cases where the infected person is unaware they are HIV-positive, spreads it. I'm a proponent of all foreign persons being examined, if only so they know if they are healthy or ill.

A cholera outbreak in Cameroon has killed 65 people and infected hundreds since it started last month, state media said Friday. Do we want people jumping on a plane, coming here, and possibly infecting food and/or water supplies with cholera because we no longer require visitors entering our cities from being healthy?

Wake up and smell the education? How about "wake up and reduce the risk"?

Posted by: cibor | October 30, 2009 1:21 PM

For all the fear-mongering trogs commenting on this, your hero, dubya, signed this into law. It's not like only "left-wing fascist Muslims" intent on destroying the U.S. were pushing this. It's a common-sense, long-overdue correction of an unjust ban. HIV is far, far less contagious than something like TB.

Posted by: luridone | October 30, 2009 1:17 PM

ATTENTION MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, TEAM OBAMA: Health Care Reform a Cruel Joke Until Team Obama Ends Ongoing Bush Era Crimes Against Humanity

SECRET USE OF MICROWAVE/LASER RADIATION 'DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS' ON U.S. CITIZENS BY MULTI-AGENCY 'EXECUTIVE ACTION' PROGRAM

Thousands of unjustly targeted Americans are being damaged by the devastating physiological effects of being silently irradiated by microwave and laser radiation directed energy weapons by a secret executive branch multi-agency coordinated action program...

...the weaponization of the electromagnetic spectrum, a silent "final solution" that may have the nation's political leadership in its ideological cross-hairs.

This technology is capable of altering moods, emotions, inducing fatigue, weakness, exhaustion, confusion, life-altering injury, disease and a slow-kill death.

And key elements of the federal bureaucracy -- chief among them the defense/security/intel establishment -- are proliferating these technologies by various modalities, reported to include terrestrial and satellite electromagnetic microwave/laser emissions -- in one iteration, disguised as cell towers.

American citizens and families targeted by this covert torture matrix also are subject to financial sabotage that decimates their livelihoods and financial resources...

...and relentless "community stalking" -- harassment, surreptitious home entries and vandalism by government-enabled vigilantes affiliated with federally-funded community policing and anti-terrorism organizations.

Warrantless, covert placement of GPS tracking devices and misuse of cell phone technology to hunt down the unjustly targeted enables this grassroots terrorism.

But the Obama administration continues to allow these warrantless intrusions into the lives of unjustly targeted American families.

By its naivete -- its unquestioning rubber-stamp approval of the deployment of these destructive technologies and programs -- the Obama administration risks presiding over the destruction of democracy, the rule of law, and personal liberty.

PRESIDENT OBAMA, CONGRESS:

BAN the use of microwave/laser directed energy weapons on U.S. citizens or any human being (including experimentation) as cruel and unusual punishment and a crime against humanity.

BAN the warrantless tracking of individuals with GPS devices, or via cell phones -- the electronic backbone of an American Gestapo now operating on YOUR watch.

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america OR (if link is corrupted/disabled):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 30, 2009 1:12 PM

The problem is that people with HIV will now immigrate here and we will end up paying for their expensive drugs and medical care.


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You want to really know the facts? Maybe we shoud have an issue with Bush's MILLIONs of DOLLARS donated to Africa for HIV care instead of helping out his OWN country.

Posted by: JRybka1611 | October 30, 2009 1:10 PM

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You're missing the point, and I think the White House is as well.

Historically people were required to have physical exams before they were allowed into the United States to control diseases such as TB, which are highly contagious. There is a public health and safety issue in preventing sick people into the country to infect American citizens who made not have been vaccinated because here such a vaccination is not necessary.

So now Americans will need all the vaccinations they normally would need when visiting countries - because the WH is bringing the world's diseases into the US!

Hepatitis vaccines are not fun.

Posted by: cibor | October 30, 2009 12:53 PM
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Cibor~ I believe that you are missing the point. TB and HIV are two totally different kinds of diseases. TB is contagous just by being in a room with someone. HIV (as most people know now) is only passed through drug or unsafe sexual activity. You really think that HIV is going to spread faster in the US because of people from other countries coming into the US? Wake up and smell the education.

Posted by: JRybka1611 | October 30, 2009 1:05 PM

The problem is that people with HIV will now immigrate here and we will end up paying for their expensive drugs and medical care.

We already pay for treatment of legal and illegal immigrants who don't have health insurance for other medical problems including tuberculosis, which is one reason why our health insurance premiums continue to rise.

Barack is really intent on bankrupting the American public by increasing our tax burden.

Posted by: fighterDC | October 30, 2009 1:02 PM

yea!!!! people with contagious life threatening diseases are able to come here!! yea! We also discriminate against ebola, oh the shame and bigotry! puleezee

Posted by: pwaa | October 30, 2009 1:00 PM

"It's about time. HIV/AIDS can't be a boogeyman forever."

Posted by: ravensfan20008
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You're missing the point, and I think the White House is as well.

Historically people were required to have physical exams before they were allowed into the United States to control diseases such as TB, which are highly contagious. There is a public health and safety issue in preventing sick people into the country to infect American citizens who made not have been vaccinated because here such a vaccination is not necessary.

So now Americans will need all the vaccinations they normally would need when visiting countries - because the WH is bringing the world's diseases into the US!

Hepatitis vaccines are not fun.

Posted by: cibor | October 30, 2009 12:53 PM

Jesse Helms and Ronald Reagan may be dead but their discriminatory policies and bigotry is still alive in the Republican party.

Posted by: JohnnyU2Berry | October 30, 2009 12:51 PM

Before we let them we should make sure they have all their med and that they leave on time otherwise they will be overstaying their visa to get free treament at the US Taxpayer expense. We already are stuck with all Mexico very sick and I don't want the rest of the world HIV patients. This is getting riduculous - this is not a change for the better.

Posted by: Lavrat2000 | October 30, 2009 12:45 PM

It's about time. HIV/AIDS can't be a boogeyman forever.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | October 30, 2009 12:12 PM

It's nice to see that the U.S. is making such an important step in removing the stigma that follows those living with HIV and AIDS like a shadow.

Posted by: historybride | October 30, 2009 12:11 PM

Mexico has outsourced much of its Welfare and Low-Income health-care to the US Taxpayer - now we also get to subsidize health-care for the world's HIV patients.

thanks Barry!

Posted by: pgr88 | October 30, 2009 12:06 PM

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