The Senate moved today to repeal a ban on allowing immigrants and vistors who are HIV-positive to enter the country, the AP reports. The measure was part of a $50 billion bill to combat AIDS worldwide. The US is one of only a dozen countries—including Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Libya—that forbids the entry of visitors with AIDS.
The US implemented the ban on HIV-positive immigrants and travelers in 1987, and Congress confirmed it in 1993. Democrat John Kerry and Republican Gordon Smith are spearheading the repeal. "There's no excuse for a law that stigmatizes a particular disease," Kerry said.