US HIV ban may be lifted
26 January 2009 08:49
HIV carriers may soon be allowed to travel into the US, as rules banning those carrying the virus may be lifted.
An effort to lift the ban, which has been in force since 1987, has been spearheaded by Democratic senator John Kerry and Republican senator Gordon Smith.
The US is one of only a few countries that still bans travel for HIV holders, along with the likes of Sudan, Russia and Saudi Arabia and the idea of lifting the ban is part of a $50 billion (£25 billion) grant to fight the virus throughout the world.
Anyone contemplating taking a break in the US this summer is advised to take out travel insurance to cover them for mishaps such as cancelled flights or lost belongings.
Senator Smith said of the situation: "Our government still treats individuals with HIV/Aids as modern-day lepers, categorically banning these individuals from entering into the US.
"To fully embrace our global leadership on HIV/Aids, we must remove our unwelcome mat and overturn this ridiculous ban."
According to Travel Daily News, the US Department of Commerce has announced that 4.1 million international tourists visited the country in April this year.