31 Aug '15, 6am

Singapore allows HIV-positive foreigners on short-term visits

Singapore allows HIV-positive foreigners on short-term visits

SINGAPORE: Singapore has lifted a two-decade old ban on visits by HIV-positive foreigners who intend to stay for a short period, citing "availability of effective treatment". However, the ban on HIV-positive foreigners who are looking to work in Singapore or accompanying a child studying here and intend to stay for a long period is still in place. The ban on short-term HIV-positive visitors was lifted on April 1, but it stays on long-term visitors, The Straits Times reported on Monday. "The policy on the repatriation and permanent blacklisting of HIV-positive foreigners was recommended in the late 1980s when the disease was new, fatal and no effective treatment was available," a ministry of health spokesman was quoted as saying by the daily. The short-term ban was lifted "given the current context with more than 5,000 Singapore residents living with HIV and the availabilit...

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