The U.S. bars anyone with HIV/AIDS from immigrating or visiting – even as a tourist. HIV is the only disease singled out by Congress for special treatment. The ban is unfair, ineffective, and disproportionately harmful to LGBT immigrants and their families. While opposite-sex couples qualify for a waiver to the ban, same-sex couples do not.
Today the Senate is considering legislation that would end the ban. Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Gordon Smith (R-OR) added language to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which is being debated on the Senate floor today.
Immigration Equality has been working to end the HIV ban for more than a decade. Don’t let this opportunity pass us by – contact your Senators now and ask them to repeal the HIV travel ban!