Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Washington Post: No Rhetoric . . . Just Lift the HIV Ban

On Friday, The Washington Post editorial board called on the Department of Health and Human Services to officially lift the HIV travel ban. The Post editorial follows a Congressional vote, earlier this year, advocating for an end to the ban, which bars HIV+ immigrants and visitors from enterting the United States.

"The repeal of the ban was part of the reauthorization of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, important legislation that triples the funding for programs that combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis," The Post said. "President Bush's commitment to taking the fight against HIV/AIDS to Africa has earned the United States immeasurable goodwill abroad and is one of the hallmark achievements of his administration. But much of this goodwill is undone by the ban."

"HHS officials have said that changing the rule is a time-consuming process but that they're working to revise it before the next administration takes office," the paper notes. "We hope this isn't just rhetoric and that HHS acts soon."

To read the complete Washington Post editorial, click here. And for more information on the HIV travel ban, visit Immigration Equality online.

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