The Bush Administration Takes an Important Step in Fighting the Stigma of HIV
|Via Andrew Sullivan.|
Most people probably don't know this but, under current US law, it is illegal for an HIV-positive foreigner to enter the United States. For this reason many of the larger AIDS conferences have refused to be held in America. Both in protest of the practice and, also, because it is impractical to have a conference about AIDS somewhere that people who have AIDS cannot go.
However, the White House announced an executive order last Friday (World AIDS Day) that eases the restriction.
Of course, the law still exists and needs to be dealt with by Congress. However, this is an excellent start. As I have said before, I have many criticisms of President Bush but he has done more than any previous President to fight HIV around the world. I still think they could do more and do it more effectively (abstinence only education is a prime example of ideology over efficacy), however, this gesture deserves to be recognized as an unquestionable, if overdue, good deed.
So, congratulations, Mr. President. But you've still got a long way to go.
Tags: Bush, HIV/AIDS