The Obama administration just took the “first step” to repeal a regulation that bans HIV-positive foreigners from visiting the U.S. Because, obviously, they care CARRYING THE PLAGUE! By lifting the ban, HIV-positive tourists, meanwhile, won’t be the only ones positively affected — foreigners hoping to emigrate from abroad will also no longer be restricted because of their bloodstream. Great. But what actually happened to give us a smile?
The Office of Management and Budget on Friday updated its website to say the Health and Human Services Department could get its groove on with lifting the regulation, which was enacted in 1987 during the Reagan administration and upheld by President Clinton in 1993.
But you’ll see how that’s just a step; HHS only received the okay that it can move forward, but now it must actually, you know, move forward. As you’ll recall, last year Congress enacted legislation to repeal the ban, but the Bush administration — often credited with its AIDS policies — didn’t push it through.
Folks are optimistic we’re headed in the right direction — and updates last year’s move by Congress to lift the HIV ban for foreign nationals. And just in time, the White House issued this MTV-esque call on Americans to get tested.
Expect POZ magazine to quickly organize an international expo.
(Photo: Trevor Hope)