Well then. Seems I was a little late on this story. Just yesterday the US Department of Health and Human Services got the ok to begin removing the ban. Apparently its a long and quite confusing road to do so (read more in the link up top) but it could potentially be gone by the end of the year. Wonderful!
(below is an except from the article posted on www.TheBody.com – an amazing resource for HIV/AIDS info)
People With HIV Not Welcome Here
Nathan Schaefer, Felix Lopez, Vishal Trevedi, and Joshua Volle
The U.S. remains one of only 13 countries in the world to bar even short-term visitors from entering simply because they are HIV-positive. (The other 12 countries are Iraq, China, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Sudan, Qatar, Brunei, Oman, Moldova, Russia, Armenia, and South Korea.) This policy violates the human rights of immigrants and travelers and contributes to stigma and discrimination. Highly skilled workers who have full health insurance cannot seek legal permanent residence in the U.S. if they have HIV, unless they have an opposite-sex spouse or child who is an American citizen or lawful permanent resident. This discriminates against gay men and lesbians. Further, the ban undermines the global fi ght against HIVAIDS by blocking access to treatment and returning people to countries where HIV care is limited or unavailable.
” The heart of the security agenda is protecting lives – and we now know that the number of people who will die of AIDS in the first decade of the 21st Century will rival the number that died in all the wars in all the decades of the 20th century. “
– Al Gore