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UNAIDS and UNDP call on 48* countries and territories to remove all HIV-related travel restrictions

New data show that in 2019 around 48* countries and territories still have restrictions that include mandatory HIV testing and disclosure as part of requirements for entry, residence, work and/or study permits.

01 July 2019
Travel-related health problems common among HIV-positive migrants in France who visit sub-Saharan Africa

Travel-related illnesses – especially diarrhoea, respiratory complaints and malaria – are common among HIV-positive sub-Saharan African migrants visiting their countries of origin, according to a study by

07 May 2019
Michael Carter
Azerbaijan removes HIV question from visa application form

Azerbaijan has responded to international calls to remove the necessity of visa applicants to confirm that they are not HIV positive when applying for visas. The Azerbaijan authorities made the decision to alter the current e-visa system on April 23 following criticism from European football’s governing body, UEFA, which said the HIV question on the application from was discriminatory.

24 April 2019
Emerging Europe
Visa restrictions for HIV-positive immigrants still in place in dozens of countries

Recent leak in Singapore of data of HIV-positive people renewed attention on its curbs on long-term stays by those who have the virus. Countries with restrictions include Russia and the United Arab Emirates; there’s no logical basis for them any more, UNAids says.

06 February 2019
South China Morning Post
Singapore HIV registry data leaked online in health breach

Confidential data about more than 14,000 people diagnosed with HIV, including foreign visitors, has been stolen in Singapore and leaked online.

29 January 2019
BBC News
Travel bans reveal state of HIV discrimination

As World Aids Day marks its 30th anniversary, travel restrictions for people living with HIV remain common around the world, including bans on entry, denial of work and residence permits, and even deportations.

29 November 2018
Graphic News
HIV Travel: The Global Database on HIV-specific Travel and Residence restrictions is updated

The Global Database on HIV-specific Travel & Residence Restrictions, a useful online tool regarding the cross-border mobility of people living with HIV/AIDS, was recently updated. Thirteen countries have punitive laws affecting stays below 90 days. Forty-nine countries restrict long-term stays of more than 90 days. Laws and practices are unclear in 24 countries, while 143 countries have no restrictions.

12 October 2018
Travel policies make US unsafe for AIDS conference, activists say

After George Ayala learned last month that San Francisco and Oakland had been chosen to co-host the International AIDS Conference in 2020, he quickly published a statement of disapproval.

23 April 2018
Singaporean doctor on trial for helping HIV-positive foreign boyfriend deceive MOM

A Singaporean doctor is on trial for allegedly helping his HIV-positive foreign boyfriend cheat the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) when the American submitted the doctor's blood for tests instead of his own in March 2008 to obtain an employment pass.

25 September 2017
The Straits Times
Korea scraps mandatory HIV tests for English teachers

A controversial requirement for HIV testing of foreign language teachers has been scrapped, government officials confirmed to The Korea Herald on Thursday, almost 10 years after it was introduced.

10 July 2017
Korea Herald
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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