04 January 2010

Baby Steps

BBC News - US lifts HIV/Aids immigration ban
The US has lifted a 22-year immigration ban which has stopped anyone with HIV/Aids from entering the country.

President Obama said the ban was not compatible with US plans to be a leader in the fight against the disease.

The new rules come into force on Monday and the US plans to host a bi-annual global HIV/Aids summit for the first time in 2012.

The ban was imposed at the height of a global panic about the disease at the end of the 1980s.

It's a decade or so late, but well done.  May the rest of Jesse Helms' legacy be similarly negated as well.

This really shouldn't have been a partisan issue any more.  Why Bush could not have done this is a mystery.  But there you have it.

1 comment:

  1. Of course the massively homophobic Republican machine would never overturn this. It would hurt them in the ultra-backwards, homophobic Bible belt.

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