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UNAIDS welcomes Australia’s commitment to equal treatment of people living with HIV in its immigration policies

UNAIDS welcomes confirmation from the Government of Australia that people living with HIV do not face an automatic exclusion, or unequal treatment when applying for entry, stay or residence visas. People living with HIV are treated similarly to other people with chronic health conditions and disabilities during the country’s immigration health assessment process. Applications for visas from people living with HIV will be assessed against criteria applying to anyone with a chronic health condition.

Published
11 July 2014
From
UNAIDS press release
More young Australian women contract HIV on overseas trips, say counsellors

Increasing numbers of young Australian women travelling overseas during their gap year or for working holidays are contracting HIV, frontline sexual health workers say, prompting them to call for targeted awareness campaigns. The chief executive of the HIV support organisation Living Positive Victoria, Brent Allan, has been working in HIV and AIDS advocacy since the early 1990s and said he is encountering more women who have contracted the virus overseas.

Published
26 June 2014
From
The Guardian
Disclosing Your HIV Status Abroad: A Dilemma for People Living With HIV

As someone who travels constantly and consistently, I am now cautious as to where I am going at times and always spend a few extra moments to research my "what ifs." What if I get sick? What if I need more meds? What if I need emergency care? Sometimes what I find isn't the ideal answer, but I plan accordingly.

Published
23 May 2014
From
The Body
Government of Mauritius pledges to working towards removing HIV-related restrictions on stay and residence

During a meeting with UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé in Port Louis on 18 April, Prime Minister of Mauritius Navin Ramgoolam pledged to setting up a special committee to review and make recommendations towards lifting the remaining travel restrictions in the country.

Published
22 April 2014
From
UNAIDS (press release)
Taiwan: Restrictions on foreign HIV patients canceled

The Executive Yuan passed an amendment to the HIV Infection Control and Patient Rights Protection Act yesterday, canceling the entry, visit, and residence restrictions of HIV patients who are not Taiwanese citizens.

Published
11 April 2014
From
China Post
Ugandan clinics selling bogus HIV certificates

Private clinics in Uganda's capital, Kampala, are selling fake HIV negative certificates to help people get jobs, an undercover investigation by BBC Africa's Catherine Byaruhanga has revealed.

Published
08 April 2014
From
BBC Health
Tajikistan lifts travel restrictions for people living with HIV

UNAIDS welcomes the recent lifting of all restrictions on entry, stay and residence for people living with HIV in Tajikistan. The amendments to the Law on HIV/AIDS were signed by the President of Tajikistan Emomalii Rahmon, on 14 March 2014.

Published
31 March 2014
From
UNAIDS (press release)
HIV Positive Immigrants Should Be Banned From Entering UK, Tory MPs Say

A group of Tory MPs are backing a proposed ban on HIV positive immigrants to Britain, in a move that has been labelled "the most draconian policy enforced on people with the virus" by campaigners. Conservative MP Dr Phillip Lee has tabled an amendment to the Immigration Bill.

Published
30 January 2014
From
Huffington Post
South Korea: Is HIV testing of foreign teachers here to stay?

It is an experience familiar to many foreign English teachers: Soon after arrival in Korea, their blood is taken and screened, with the results submitted to the immigration authorities. The reason? A government policy requires that non-ethnic Korean foreigners wishing to teach children must first prove they’re HIV-free. But, amid a pending U.N. committee ruling on whether the policy constitutes racial discrimination, an unclear picture of the current status and future of testing has emerged across government and educational bodies.

Published
26 November 2013
From
Korea Herald
UNAIDS applauds Uzbekistan for removing restrictions on entry, stay and residence for people living with HIV

The reforms were passed by Parliament in August of 2013 and signed by the President of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, on 23 September 2013.

Published
23 October 2013
From
UNAIDS
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