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NAT Welcomes lifting of US Travel Ban

Monday, November 2, 2009

President Barack Obama has announced that the 22 year old ban on allowing people living with HIV into the United States will be lifted.  HIV infection will be officially removed from the definition of communicable diseases of public health significance as of January 1st, 2010.

Deborah Jack, Chief Executive of NAT (National AIDS Trust) said;

 "We are delighted by today's announcement. NAT has long campaigned for the lifting of travel restrictions. A recent NAT research study1 identified restrictions on travelling overseas as the biggest limitation faced at work by people living with HIV in the UK. This decision will make an enormous difference to the lives of many HIV positive people and is a real step forward for equality."

Notes to the editor:

1- HV at Work, NAT, August 2009

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