I still remember the fear that was instilled in me when I was pulled over and refused entry to the US for being HIV+, November 11, 2007.
I was interrogated, treated like a terrorist (actually the definition of terrorist is "one who instills fear to terror in others"), photographed, finger printed and run through the FBI most wanted list: all because I was supposed to know that I had to carry a medical waiver as a person who was HIV+ to enter the US, even if only for a shopping trip expected to last no longer than 3 hrs.
This not only angered me, but the event caused a major change to my life and left me restricted as to where I could go and how I could continue my HIV work with my partners in the U.S. and Tijuana, Mexico. (...continue reading)
The Obama administration has lifted a ban on travellers with HIV/AIDS who wish to visit the United States. The controversial ban went into effect in 1987, when the US became one of only thirteen nations in the world to restrict HIV positive foreign visitors. Martin Rooney was turned back from the U.S. border in Western Canada in 2007, and yesterday he entered without any trouble at all. Rooney is an advocate for people living with HIV/AIDS.