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U.S. Restrictions End for HIV+ Travelers From Abroad

U.S. Restrictions End for HIV+ Travelers From Abroad

CNN reports on the lifting of U.S. restrictions on HIV-positive travelers entering the country for visits or immigration, which take effect today. Here's an excerpt:

Tourists, business people and other foreign nationals who are HIV-positive will find it easier starting Monday to obtain short-term visas to visit the United States.

Advocates for HIV-positive people said the new policy was long overdue, calling it "a significant step forward for the United States."

"The end of the HIV travel and immigration ban is the beginning of a new life for countless families and thousands who had been separated because of this policy," said Steve Ralls, spokesman for Immigration Equality, a national rights organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV-positive individuals.

HIV-infected visitors previously had to obtain a special waiver from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to obtain a visa, a sometimes lengthy process.

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