The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


No entry for HIV visitors

The Immigration and Nationality Act (Sec. 212) restricts people with HIV from entering the U.S., requiring a waiver for a short-term visa for a specific purpose. Applicants are considered on a case-by-case basis, which can be cumbersome and time-consuming, said Kimberly Stietz, director of internationalpublic policy, ELCA Washington Office.

Stietz said the policy is based on concerns from 20 years ago, when information about HIV transmission was lacking.

“The ELCA has faced severe challenges in bringing HIV-positive partners to the U.S. for conferences, including [a 2007] HIV/AIDS strategy meeting,” Stietz said.

“The law must be changed,” she added. “We urge Lutherans to contact their members of Congress in support of H.R. 3337, the HIV Nondiscrimination in Travel and Immigration Act of 2007.”


Melissa Cartwright

Melissa Cartwright

Posted at 5:29 pm (U.S. Eastern) 1/25/2008

WOW-- what a ridiculous and narrow minded law-- that is only made to isolate and not protect. I work in the human services field- specifically in the area of HIV/AIDS and it is because of uneducated laws like these that stereotypes and isolation is still a very real issue for those living with HIV/AIDS.

This law must be changed

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