PlusNews Examines HIV-Positive Immigrants In France
Recent "tightening" of France's immigration regulations have made it harder for HIV-positive immigrants -- mainly from Africa -- to qualify for a residence permit which "guarantees access to social services and provides some sense of stability," PlusNews reports. Under French law, immigrants with long-term illnesses are permitted to stay in the country legally under a residence visa and qualify for medical treatment, according to PlusNews. However, Elodie Redouani, legal counsel for the Association for Research, Communication and Action for Access to Treatment, said that some people in the "last year or two ... have been hearing that they can't apply for a residence visa even if they meet the criteria. They are told that they are here only for treatment and that they'll get sent home." In addition, HIV-positive immigrants, most of whom do not know they are HIV-positive until they reach France, can be deported because of the complexity of the application process, if they do not have proper papers or if they omitted their HIV status on their application, PlusNews reports. According to PlusNews, HIV-positive immigrants can obtain assistance in accessing HIV/AIDS treatment and avoiding deportation from many organizations in the country, especially in Paris. About 20,000 HIV-positive foreigners live in France (PlusNews, 10/9).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.