For 22 years, people with HIV and AIDS have been banned from entering the U.S. It’s pretty difficult to throw a global AIDS conference under such circumstances, which is why the policy is coming to an end.
The ban kept the U.S. in awkward company. Saudi Arabia and Libya have similar immigration rules. —PZS
Rachel Tiven, head of the campaign group Immigration Equality, told the BBC that the step was long overdue.
“The 2012 World Aids Conference, due to be held in the United States, was in jeopardy as a result of the restrictions. It’s now likely to go ahead as planned,” she said.
In October, President Obama said the entry ban had been “rooted in fear rather than fact”.