The HIV travel ban ends today. This marks one promise that Obama kept in 2009.
This development seems to be getting more attention in the foreign media. Here’s the BBC’s report:
The US has lifted a 22-year immigration ban which has stopped anyone with HIV/Aids from entering the country.
President Obama said the ban was not compatible with US plans to be a leader in the fight against the disease.
The new rules come into force on Monday and the US plans to host a bi-annual global HIV/Aids summit for the first time in 2012.
The ban was imposed at the height of a global panic about the disease at the end of the 1980s.
It put the US in a group of just 12 countries, also including Libya and Saudi Arabia, that excluded anyone suffering from HIV/Aids.
The U.S. should almost never have the same policies as Libya and Saudi Arabia.