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Capitol Health Call
September 17, 2008

HIV Travel Ban Lifted

JAMA. 2008;300(11):1290. doi:10.1001/jama.300.11.1290-b

The ban against foreigners with HIV traveling or immigrating to the United States has been lifted.

Repeal of the ban was included in the $48 billion, 5-year reauthorization bill for the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, signed into law by President George W. Bush on July 30.

The ban was proposed in 1987 by the late Republican Sen Jesse Helms of North Carolina and placed HIV on the US Public Health Service's list of “dangerous and contagious diseases” that exclude foreigners' entry to the United States. The repeal of the ban was introduced in the Senate by Sen John Kerry (D, Mass), and Sen Gordon Smith (R, Ore).