For those not in the know (like I was not too long ago), the United States is one of only 12 countries to restrict people who have HIV/AIDS from immigrating or visiting the U.S. Those visiting or working have to get a waiver, and nobody with HIV can become a permanent resident. For more information, blogger and columnist Andrew Sullivan has written an article for the Washington Post on the issue, including his own struggle with it.
Personally, I think discrimination of all types cannot be allowed to be legislated in the U.S., and no matter which way you cut it, this is discrimination. So, what can be done?
Coming up soon in the Senate will be a vote on an amendment to repeal this ban. The amendment thus far has bi-partisan support, but you can do your part to help. Locate your state’s senators and email them urging them to support the amendment (and later the bill).
I’ve emailed Dodd and Lieberman in my state.