US Ends Ban on HIV-Positive Travelers
Visitors, immigrants with infection no longer barred
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2010 9:16 PM CST
Volunteers bearing HIV/AIDS awareness symbols take part in an AIDS awareness event on the World AIDS Day in Beijing, Dec. 1, 2009.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Today saw the end of a US ban on travel and immigration by HIV-positive individuals, a rule that had been in place since 1987. The Centers for Disease Control removed the infection from the category of “communicable diseases of public-health significance” after President Obama said last year the ban was “rooted in fear rather than fact.”