Claiming the policies are detrimental and discriminatory, 40 CEOs from some of the top American
corporations are banding together to fight travel restrictions against HIV-positive people. ""Our employees are our competitive advantage, no matter what their HIV/AIDS status is," said Chip Bergh, CEO of demin-maker Levi Strauss. We're standing by our greatest asset, our talent, and we're making a move to end HIV/AIDS discrimination globally."
Currently, 45 countries have travel restrictions against people with HIV including Singapore, Egypt, Turkey and Brunei. Further, some countries allow foreigners to visit for short-term visits but do require a test for longer-term stays.
Both the United States and China had travel restrictions in place until 2010. President Obama lifted the ban in January of 2010 after almost a quarter of a century. The ban, which was enacted in 1987, was in in response to the AIDS epidemic when ignorance and fear prompted Congress to enact legislation under the widely discredited theory that HIV could be spread through the air.
Some of the companies that have stood up to end the practice include Coca-Cola, Aetna, Viacom, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Gap and the National Basketball Association.
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