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Gay leaders applaud lifting of HIV travel ban

More statements from gay leaders about lifting the HIV travel ban:

“The lifting of the HIV travel ban will remove a federally sanctioned stigma and sends a strong, clear message that the United States is working to end discrimination against people living with HIV and AIDS. Since HIV was the only disease singled out for exclusion by an act of Congress, the ban undermined U.S. efforts to fight the HIV pandemic. We applaud the approaching end of a discriminatory practice that stigmatized those living with HIV and AIDS. It is long past time to create a fair, humane and sensible HIV immigration policy.” -- Rea Carey, executive director,
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

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“We applaud the Obama Administration for its leadership in ending this kind of government sponsored discrimination against people living with HIV. The 22-year ban was discriminatory, violated basic human rights, and could not be justified on public health grounds.

“U.S. policy will finally reflect the broad consensus among the scientific, medical and public health communities that admission of individuals living with HIV into the U.S. as visitors or immigrants does not present a threat to the public health of this country nor pose any danger to its citizens.

"It’s long past time to end the stigma and discrimination that people with HIV face in this country. The government should never be in the business of discriminating, and as the government sheds this discriminatory practice, we hope that other discriminatory laws and policies will soon be eliminated." -- Kevin Cathcart, executive director, Lambda Legal

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