January 13, 2009
European Officials Call on U.S. to End HIV Notifications for Travelers
The European Commission has asked the United States to finally remove legislation requiring U.S.-bound passengers to inform authorities of their HIV status before entering the country, Agence France-Presse reports. HIV remains on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) list of communicable diseases, placing travel restrictions on HIV-positive foreigners.
According to the report, though the U.S. Congress passed a bill last summer to drop the formerly required HIV notification, the law has yet to be implemented by the HHS, which, in some instances, regulates U.S. immigration authorities.
“This has not been done,” a commission transport spokesman said. “The HIV reference is still there, and we hope that the implementing measures can be taken smoothly and quickly.”
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