Good riddance to HIV travel, immigration ban

The ban on persons with HIV to travel and immigrate to the United States — a legacy of fear and the late Senator Helms’s power — seems to have died. This long-overdue piece of legislation has passed the Senate and now, likely to avoid conference, goes to the President’s desk. A good piece of news before fall into 24/7 presidential coverage.

We can leave the small club of nations — like Sudan and Iran — that think this kind of policy makes sense. I’ll leave the final word with conservative blogger and D.C. resident — who is a British national and HIV-positive — Andrew Sullivan, who obviously has more than a philosophic interest in this development: “The HIV Travel Ban Is Repealed.”

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.

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