Australia seeks ban on HIV+ immigrants

The proposal, one month before Sydney hosts a major AIDS conference, has angered AIDS researchers and advocates

Stephen Pincock
Jun 6, 2007
Australia Prime Minister John Howard has come under fire from local and international AIDS researchers for proposing that HIV-positive people be banned from moving to the country.Howard, who is facing an election later this year, said twice in recent weeks that he'd like to prevent HIV-positive people from immigrating. On June 1, he told an Australian radio station he was going to review existing policies, saying: "My view is the best result is that no one with those sort of ailments is allowed into the country." But leading researchers who met today (June 7) in Melbourne said banning HIV+ people from immigrating would have minimal impact on the disease in Australia. "We don't believe this is a key issue in the epidemic," said Andrew Grulich, from the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research. "The trends are very largely driven by local transmission among gay men born...

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