British Global Health Advocate Says He Was Denied Entrance Into U.S. Because Of HIV Status
Paul Thorn project director of the Tuberculosis Survival Project, who was scheduled to speak at the Pacific Health Summit in Seattle on Wednesday has called on the Obama administration to change the policy banning people who are HIV-positive from entering the U.S., the Seattle Times' blog, the "Business of Giving," reports. Thorn said he was denied a U.S. visa because he is HIV-positive and issued an apology to summit attendees for his absence, which stated, "The U.S. government actively discriminates against people" who are HIV-positive adding that if U.S. officials want to demonstrate leadership on HIV/AIDS and global health by hosting such conferences, "then they need to accept that non-U.S. citizens with HIV are going to need to be there and participate." One of the key topics for the conference is HIV and tuberculosis coinfection (Heim, "Business of Giving"/Seattle Times, 6/17).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.