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Travel bans reveal state of HIV discrimination

As World Aids Day marks its 30th anniversary, travel restrictions for people living with HIV remain common around the world, including bans on entry, denial of work and residence permits, and even deportations.

29 November 2018
Graphic News
HIV Travel: The Global Database on HIV-specific Travel and Residence restrictions is updated

The Global Database on HIV-specific Travel & Residence Restrictions, a useful online tool regarding the cross-border mobility of people living with HIV/AIDS, was recently updated. Thirteen countries have punitive laws affecting stays below 90 days. Forty-nine countries restrict long-term stays of more than 90 days. Laws and practices are unclear in 24 countries, while 143 countries have no restrictions.

12 October 2018
Travel policies make US unsafe for AIDS conference, activists say

After George Ayala learned last month that San Francisco and Oakland had been chosen to co-host the International AIDS Conference in 2020, he quickly published a statement of disapproval.

23 April 2018
Singaporean doctor on trial for helping HIV-positive foreign boyfriend deceive MOM

A Singaporean doctor is on trial for allegedly helping his HIV-positive foreign boyfriend cheat the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) when the American submitted the doctor's blood for tests instead of his own in March 2008 to obtain an employment pass.

25 September 2017
The Straits Times
Korea scraps mandatory HIV tests for English teachers

A controversial requirement for HIV testing of foreign language teachers has been scrapped, government officials confirmed to The Korea Herald on Thursday, almost 10 years after it was introduced.

10 July 2017
Korea Herald
Korea Should Get Real on HIV

The Korean government considers people living with HIV morally unfit to teach English and medically unfit to receive government scholarships to study at Korean universities. But the UN and governments around the world have long recognized that such policies are unjustified on any sort of health or human rights grounds. In such an economically and scientifically advanced country, this is an astonishing reminder that in some respects Korea still needs to catch up with the rest of the world. 

05 May 2017
Human Rights Watch Health
Guidance: Zika virus and immunocompromised patients

This guidance provides practical advice for clinicians caring for immunocompromised persons who wish to travel to Zika affected areas.

18 February 2016
Public Health England
HIV-Positive Man Mistakenly Denied Tourist Visa To Australia

A Scandinavian man who has been visiting Australia every year for 22 years was denied a tourist visa because he is living with HIV.

03 February 2016
Star Observer
Singapore Softens Ban on HIV-Positive Visitors

Singapore said Monday it has lifted a two-decade ban on HIV-infected people from entering the country, but will limit their stay to a maximum of three months.

01 September 2015
ABC News
Ukraine HIV Travel Ban: Kiev Lifts Restrictions For HIV-Positive People

The ban was repealed in June and applies to Ukrainian citizens traveling abroad and for foreign citizens entering the country, said Ukraine’s deputy health minister Igor Pereginets.

07 August 2015
International Business Times
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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