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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