April/May #163 : Fly Boy - by James Wortman

POZ - Health, Life and HIV
Subscribe to:
POZ magazine
E-newsletters
Join POZ: Facebook MySpace Twitter Pinterest
Tumblr Google+ Flickr MySpace
POZ Personals
Sign In / Join
Username:
Password:

Back to home » Archives » POZ Magazine issues




Table of Contents
 

The Education of Miss Universe

TAG Team

La Educación de Miss Universo




Still Gellin'

It’s Not Too Late To Start HIV Meds

Try This

Entry Inhibitor Slows Its Advance

Attack of the Killer Popcorn!

A Tale of Two Viruses

Doing the Dose

Ballroom Brotherhood

PEP Rally

Prevention for Positives




POZ Q&A: Miss America

Fly Boy

Infectiously Adorable?

POZ Picks

Texas Baby Bump

Positively Page Turning

Calling All Keyboard Cassanovas

Put a Little PEP in Your Step




Editor's Letter-April/May 2010

Your Feedback

CHAMPS Against HIV



 
Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle

Shingles

Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV


Scroll down to comment on this story.


email print

April / May 2010


Fly Boy

by James Wortman

On January 4, the United States opened its borders to inbound HIV-positive travelers. POZ spoke with one of the first men to exercise that new freedom.

Global AIDS advocates rejoiced January 4 when President Barack Obama announced that the country’s 22-year-old ban on HIV-positive travelers had been lifted. The Netherlands’ Clemens Ruland, who was traveling with his HIV-negative partner Hugo Bausch, was touted as one of the first HIV-positive people to enter the United States following the ban’s removal.

Before his January 7 arrival at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City, the 45-year-old Ruland spoke with POZ about what this historic journey meant not only to him, but also to those living with and affected by HIV worldwide.

How often would you travel to the United States before you were HIV positive?
I met my ex at the Gay Games in 1994 in New York. Our relationship ended in 1997. [During those three years] I would travel to the U.S. every six to eight weeks, but I didn’t know I [was HIV positive] then. I found out after we broke up.
 
Have you been to the United States since your diagnosis?
I’ve been back once. In the beginning I didn’t want to go back because it was too emotional. The city which I loved for all the good times [my ex and I] had when we were together was a little bit ruined by the fact that I didn’t want this relationship to end in the first place. And it was even worse when I found out he had infected me, just because of [our] irresponsible behavior.

But I did come back once with my lover I’m with today. We went back to New York five years ago. I had to lie about being HIV positive. [Since] I had been an AIDS nurse in the beginning of the 1990s here at one of the major Amsterdam hospitals, I learned how to keep medication away from customs and immigration.

What message does lifting this ban send to the rest of the world?
It gets rid of some part of [America’s] hypocrisy. It’s like your president said lately when he signed the [Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act]. He said if [the United States] wants to be the leading country on stopping this disease, it had to lift this ban.

A lot of people weren’t [even] aware that the United States had this travel ban.     

 

Search: United States, borders, inbound, travelers, ban, removal, Amsterdam


Scroll down to comment on this story.



Name:

(will display; 2-50 characters)

Email:

(will NOT display)

City:

(will display; optional)

Comment (500 characters left):

(Note: The POZ team reviews all comments before they are posted. Please do not include either ":" or "@" in your comment. The opinions expressed by people providing comments are theirs alone. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Smart + Strong, which is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by people providing comments.)

Comments require captcha.
Please enter this number for verification:

| Posting Rules



Hide comments

Previous Comments:


         

[Go to top]

Join POZ Facebook Twitter Google+ MySpace YouTube Tumblr Flickr
Quick Links
Current Issue

HIV Testing
Safer Sex
Find a Date
Newly Diagnosed
HIV 101
Disclosing Your Status
Starting Treatment
Help Paying for Meds
Search for the Cure
POZ Stories
POZ Opinion
POZ Exclusives
Read the Blogs
Visit the Forums
Job Listings
Events Calendar


    chipper52
    Palm Springs
    California


    Sloan1
    Dallas
    Texas


    Sexynyrican
    Brooklyn
    New York


    blaze11212
    brooklyn
    New York
Click here to join POZ Personals!
Ask POZ Pharmacist

Talk to Us
Poll
Have you ever been tested for hepatitis C?
Yes
No

Survey
Pop Watch

more surveys
Contact Us
We welcome your comments!
[ about Smart + Strong | about POZ | POZ advisory board | partner links | advertising policy | advertise/contact us | site map]
© 2014 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved. Terms of use and Your privacy.
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.