Monday, November 02, 2009

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius - Final Rule Repealing HIV Ban Will Be Effective January 2010: "I Am Pleased This Is Happening Now."

This morning, United States Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the publication in today's Federal Register (74 FR 56547) of the final rule repealing HIV from the list of "communicable diseases of public health significance." This final rule finally ends the ban on immigrants and foreign national non-immigrants effective January 1, 2010, according to Sebelius, who said, "This change has been a long time coming, and I am pleased it is happening now." (HHS Press Release) The Federal Register, however, lists January 4, 2010 as the effective date of the Final Rule.
The only countries in the world that still bar entry to persons with HIV are: Brunei, China, Equatorial Guinea, South Korea, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, Sudan, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
(Photo: Official Portrait of HHS Secretary)

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