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Campaigners against restrictions on people living with HIV and AIDS have welcomed the October 30 decision by President Obama to remove entry restrictions to the U.S. based on HIV status. “Ending discriminatory policies and confronting stigmatizing attitudes toward people living with HIV and AIDS are essential for their full inclusion in society and religious communities,” said Bishop Mark S. Hanson, president of the Lutheran World Federation, a member of the Geneva-based Ecumenical Advocacy Alli ance which has campaigned against the restrictions. Since 1987 HIV-positive travelers and immigrants have been banned from entering or traveling through the U.S. without a special waiver. “The United States will now join the vast majority of nations that do not restrict travel by people who have tested HIV positive,” said Hanson, who is also the presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.


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