Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Today (December 1) is World AIDS Day. Perhaps in honor of the day, China has announced that it is considering lifting its 20-year-old ban that prevents foreigners from entering the country who are HIV positive or who have AIDS. On October 30, 2009, the Obama Administration announced a related change in U.S. policy, ending HIV as a grounds of inadmissibility in U.S. immigration law. The new rule will take effect on January 4, 2010in the United States. There are approximately 70 countries that still prohibit persons with HIV/AIDS from entering their countries on either a short or long-term basis.