(10-30) 18:51 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- Public health and AIDS experts hailed President Obama's announcement Friday to end a two-decade ban on people with HIV from entering the country, a restriction they described as archaic and discriminatory.
The United States is among just a handful of countries, including Yemen, Qatar and Sudan, that bar HIV-visitors from entering their borders.
The process to end the travel ban was started last year by Congress and the Bush administration. The president said his administration will finish it by publishing the final rules to eliminate the ban Monday. The ban is expected to be lifted early next year.
"It's just not supported by any evidence at this point - whether it was that people were coming into the United States and wildly infecting others or any other sound public health ground on which they could continue to exclude people," said Dana Van G
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