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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
[Edited 2006-01-23 23:12:13]