Steman From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 1447 posts, RR: 7 Posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3056 times:
a friend of mine is hiv+ and he told me that, according to US regulations,
he is not allowed to travel into the States.
Is this true?
If so, are there some exceptions (like a short term stay) or any way of getting to the US?
Jaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2984 times:
This moronic law made several scientific organizations change the venue of Inernational AIDS conferences to Europe several years ago. It also forced some pharmaceutical giants to move their R&D to Europe in disgust.
That having been said, the only time the HIV ban only really affects people who are applying for a green card. A green card cannot be obtained by HIV+ individuals.
Steman From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 1447 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2916 times:
Quoting BigOrange (Reply 5): If he got sick while here on vacation, he could be deported and banned for life for lying on the I-94W form.
Yes I know, that's why I would suggest him to declare it and hope to get a visa, after all is only for a week of holiday in New York!
And if they don't let him in, well, the world is so big and full of better places to visit!
UAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2909 times:
This isn't only in the US. Other countries have their own policies of "dealing" with HIV immigrants and visitors and being HIV + can limit your stay in other countries as well. Just do a search for "HIV Immigration Laws."
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13692 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2880 times:
One reason for this questionable policy is the fear that a person whom is HIV+ could need hospitalization and it's costs. Unless they have insurance their hospital costs (which are obscenely expensive) the hospital, or a local government may have to bill you directly for those costs or take the hit on their budget. I would assume that it would be impossible for an HIV+ person to get travelers health insurance as have a serious pre-existing condition and if you lied you would get refused payment and that your government's health insurance doesn't cover you outside of your country (of in the EC if from one of the member countries). As to trying to get in anyway, the customs people might notice all of the drugs one has to take if have HIV. I believe that the USA can still also turn away those with other diseases or medical conditions for reasons similar as noted above.
Dtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 2828 times:
Wow, I just looked this up.
The US policy is crapola!
Despite the consensus among experts that HIV travel bans are unnecessary and harmful to public health (see www.iom.int/en/PDF_Files/HIVAIDS/UNA...tatement_travel_restrictions.pdf), the U.S. still shuts its borders to visitors with HIV. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) sometimes grants a waiver for HIV positive visa applicants hoping to stay for 30 days or less, according to the "Quick Reference" database. This is for family visits, medical treatment, business travel, or participation in a scientific, health-related conference. Be sure to apply several months in advance, and don't make irreversible travel plans until you hear back -- and you won't hear back until less than 30 days before you hope to enter the U.S. If you are changing planes in the U.S. but not planning to visit, check with your airline about whether you will need to go through customs.
There is no actual HIV test at the airport or border, says Vishal Trivedi, Immigration Project Coordinator at the Legal Services Department of Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) in New York City. But travelers carrying HIV-related literature or HIV medications may be turned over to an immigration official for further investigation, he says. "If there is a determination made by the immigration officer that the traveler is HIV-positive and is traveling without proper HIV waiver clearance, he or she can legally be barred from entry into the United States."
In other words: proceed with caution. "There is no legal requirement that you keep your pills in the original, labeled bottle in which they came," says Ronda Goldfein, executive director of the Philadelphia-based AIDS Law Project. Many people who take medications on a schedule like to use pill organizers, or an attached set of color-coded smaller pill cases for each day of the week. Still, prepare for any possible scenario. "In general," Trivedi warns, "the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department have wide discretion with regard to enforcement of immigration policies." And assumptions that visitors from particular countries of origin have links to "terrorist groups" or drug smuggling mean they "seem to be scrutinized more routinely," he says.
To be on the safe side, he says, travelers-to-be should consult with an immigration practitioner who is familiar with HIV travel restrictions to the United States. For individual consultation, contact the GMHC Legal Services Department at 212-367-1040 or the AIDS Law Project at 215-587-9377. Questions can also be sent to email@example.com. The UK's NAM offers more information about entering the U.S. with medication; see "Traveling with Medication," www.aidsmap.com/en/docs/F302D11F-2568-4AF3-9C5F-205ACE027BC1.asp
Dtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2671 times:
Quoting Goaliemn (Reply 13): Its a communicable disease with no known cure. TB is another reason people are denied entry. Many countries ban people who have known uncurable, communicable diseases. Its not just the evil US.
I would not lump HIV into the same category as TB or other illnesses caused by microorganisms. Most diseases are spread through contact or close proximity because the causative bacteria or viruses are airborne; i.e., they can be expelled from the nose and mouth of the infected person and inhaled by anyone in the vicinity. Such diseases include diphtheria, scarlet fever, measles, mumps, whooping cough, influenza, and smallpox. Some infectious diseases can be spread only indirectly, usually through contaminated food or water, e.g., typhoid, cholera, dysentery.
HIV requires direct transmission into the body through secretions, mostly though Sexual contact.
Now, can you stop a visitor from having sex? No, but just by entering the country no further risk to the general population is at hand.
There may not be a cure for the virus that causes HIV/AIDS, however it is manageable.