Shouldn’t be news, but it is. For the first time in 22 years, an HIV-positive foreigner will enter the United States of America legally, as our absurd travel ban is finally and actually repealed.
According to On Top magazine, the first HIV-positive person to enter the country since the lifting of the ban will be Clemens Ruland, 45, a youth worker from the Netherlands.
He and his partner Hugo Bausch, 50, will be welcomed by gay group Immigration Equality when they arrive in New York today.
The United States parts company with repressive anti-science regimes today:
Only a handful of other countries, such as Yemen and Qatar, have similar policies on barring entry to HIV-positive individuals.
In addition to leaving behind a blanket entry ban that served no purpose except to discourage being tested for HIV, America will see results from the ban being lifted:
Washington, D.C., is hosting the 2012 International AIDS Conference — an event made possible with the removal of the ban, U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration said.