Journo 'Ecstatic' Over Demise of HIV Travel Ban

'Massive burden lifted' for gay, HIV-positive Brit Sullivan
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2008 3:29 PM CDT
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(Newser) – HIV-positive journalist Andrew Sullivan is “ecstatic” over yesterday's passage by the Senate of a bill that would lift a US ban on visitors and immigrants with the virus that causes AIDS, he writes in his Atlantic blog. "I'm not exaggerating when I say that it's one of the happiest days of my whole life," writes the openly gay, British Sullivan, who plans to pursue citizenship.

 “I've lived with this awful sense of insecurity, of fear of leaving the country, of visiting my family, of the lingering sense that my virus rendered me potentially deportable, that any roots I put down might be dug up suddenly one day—for 15 years," Sullivan continues. "The lifting of this threat—the sense that I now have a home I know will be secure for me and my husband—is indescribable."