Administration officially ends HIV travel ban

December 19, 2015

The Associated Press reports: "The U.S. has been one of about a dozen countries that bar entry to travelers based on their HIV status. Obama said it will be lifted just after the new year, after a waiting period of about 60 days" (Superville, 10/30). Meanwhile, Reuters notes: "The AIDS virus infects 33 million people globally and around a million in the United States" (Holland, 10/30).ABC News: Also during the ceremony, the President signed the fourth reauthorization of the Ryan White CARE Act. "The President said the CARE Act is a crucial tool in the fight against HIV/AIDS" [and] "cited statistics that illustrate the pernicious effect of a disease that while less devastating than in decades past, still afflicts a large portion of the US population." Obama also said: "AIDS may no longer be the leading killer of Americans ages 25 to 44, as it once was. But there are still 1.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States, and more than 56,000 new infections occur every single year" (Martin, 10/30).

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