Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Justin's HIV Journal: U.S. HIV Travel Ban & Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger

President Barack Obama’s administration has taken the first step to lift the ban on travel to the U.S. by HIV positive individuals.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) stated on its website last week that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) could move forward with steps to change a regulation that has restricted HIV-positive people from gaining entrance into the United States.



It’s it required for immigrants to be tested for HIV and under the present regulation immigrants have to be granted a waiver by the Department of Homeland Security to be able to travel to the United States.

Congress passed the policy change last summer and President George W. Bush signed it into law, but the Bush administration was unable to implement the shift before leaving office.

THE PROCESS

When the HHS publishes the new regulation in the federal register a 45-day window will be opened so that the HHS may make adjustments to the proposal and send it back to OMB for budgetary approval.

Could it take any longer?! but alas we’re not done yet!
After OMB approves the regulation, HHS will again enter the change into the federal registry for another 30 or 60 day review period, and then it will automatically go into effect. Congress can try to block the change in the 30 or 60 day review period.

ARNOLD SHYTZENEGGER

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California thinks that since California is going bankrupt that he has the right to cut welfare for children and AIDS Prevention funding for the state.

California may not be going bankrupt but they are facing some major budget deficits that may be contributed to the allegation of the governor violating the system of checks and balances outlined in the state’s constitution.

The California Governor has cut the noses of HIV Activist spite our faces. HIV/AIDS Prevention programs are needed to help stop HIV infections through out the state.

Think about this, Safer Sex kits can fall under Preventions programs. When people, especially poor people, need to go get free safer safe kits, which have condoms for male/females and lube where are they suppose to go? Also, Needle Exchange Programs can fall under HIV/AIDS Prevention, depending on the state. Needle Exchange Program help stop the spread of HIV/AIDS ANYWHERE.

All in all, the US HIV Travel Ban, HIV/AIDS Prevention and Child Welfare cuts are just plain wrong. There needs to be a better plan on what to do about California’s budget and the United States’ Government attitude towards people who are HIV positive. We need to erase the HIV stigma and stop being afraid of something there is no need to be afraid of. Maybe we should be afraid of Governor’s who think they’re Emperors, that think they have the right to indirectly kill people.

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