US HIV/AIDS travel ban lifted Matt Glenn at 1:04 PM ET
[JURIST] A US rule [text] ending a policy prohibiting people with HIV or AIDS from entering the country went into effect on Monday. The decision by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) [official website] to remove HIV from its list of communicable diseases of public significance ended [BBC report] the 22-year-old ban. When the rule was published in November, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius [official website] said [press release], "[t]he ability to travel freely and have access to affordable health care should be available to everyone. This change has been a long time coming, and I am pleased it is happening now." Clemens Ruland, a Netherlands native, is expected to be the first HIV-positive visitor [Fyne Times report] since the ban was lifted when he lands in New York Monday.
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