UNAIDS – the United Nations agency tasked with fighting the spread of HIV – has supported a call made by the world’s parliamentarians to lift travel restrictions for people living with the disease. (UN Daily News – March 29, 2010)
Currently, 52 countries, territories and areas have some form of HIV-specific restriction on entry, stay and residence – including banning tourists or study – based on positive HIV status.
“Travel restrictions for people living with HIV do not protect public health and are outdated in the age of universal access to HIV prevention and treatment,” said Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director.
In January, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UNAIDS congratulated the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the United States for lifting “discriminatory” travel limits that previously prevented people living with HIV from entering both nations.