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US lifts HIV/Aids immigration ban

Published:Monday | January 4, 2010 | 5:54 PM

The US has lifted a 22-year immigration ban, which prevented anyone with HIV/AIDS from entering the country.

The ban was imposed at the height of a global panic about the disease at the end of the 1980s.

In lifting the ban President Obama said it was not compatible with US plans to be a leader in the fight against the disease.

The new rules took effect today and the US is planning to host a bi-annual global HIV/AIDS summit for the first time in 2012.

The BBC correspondent in Miami, Charles Scanlon says improving treatments and evolving public perceptions have helped to bring about the change.