Thursday, July 31, 2008

HIV discrimination

Even if you have not been able to donate to the AIDS Network*, there is something easy and quick that you can do to help people with HIV/AIDS. Write a quick note to Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt asking him to allow HIV-positive people to travel to the United States.

Background: Congress recently repealed a law barring HIV-positive people from traveling to the United States. This law -- according to the American Medical Association and the World Health Organization -- had no medical basis. The repeal of the law put the decision of whether to bar or allow travel to the U.S. for HIV-positive people in the hands of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, who is responsible for maintaining a list of diseases that preclude people from visiting the United States. This list is supposed to be based on medical factors such as ease of communicability, but it continues to list HIV/AIDS -- even though HIV is not a highly contagious virus. You can write to HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt by clicking on this link.

*although I encourage you to do so

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