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Gone: HIV traveler waiver

Mark S. Hanson, ELCA presiding bishop and Lutheran World Federation president, lauded President Barack Obama's Oct. 30 decision to remove U.S. entry restrictions based on HIV status. "Ending discriminatory policies and confronting stigmatizing attitudes toward people living with HIV/AIDS are essential for their full inclusion in society and religious communities," he said. Since 1987, HIV-positive visitors and immigrants have needed a waiver to enter the U.S. The U.N. HIV/AIDS program reports that nearly 60 countries have a similar travel restriction.


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Richard W

Richard W

Posted at 11:53 pm (U.S. Eastern) 11/29/2009

Before the ELCA bestows sainthood on the Obama administration remember why this was done. Its not simply caring for your fellow man but replaying policitical support of the homosexual vote during the last election. There was a reason this was and is still enforced by over as you say 60 countries. While HIVand AIDS is not an airborne disease it is still a blood borne one. The intent was to protect Americans from the spread of this disease. Since the ELCA is so supportative of this repeal ,will they assume responsibility if this disease is spread by those bringing it into our country possibly resulting in more deaths?



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