- Published on 04 January 2010
President Barack Obama has finally lifted the ban on HIV-positive people entering the US.
The law, which has been in place for 22 years, was known as one of the most restrictive immigration policies in the world for people carrying HIV.
Not only did the ban restrict HIV-positive people from entering the country, it also barred long-term foreign residents from obtaining resident status, purely on the basis of having HIV.
Obama said that lifting the ban is a "step that will encourage people to get tested and get treatment. It's a step that will keep families together, and it's a step that will save lives".
The first HIV-positive person to enter the country since the lifting of the ban will be Clemens Ruland, 45, a youth worker from the Netherlands.