SUMMARY: Through this final rule, the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services (HHS), is amending its regulations to remove ``Human
Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection'' from the definition of
communicable disease of public health significance and remove
references to ``HIV'' from the scope of examinations for aliens.
Prior to this final rule, aliens with HIV infection were considered
to have a communicable disease of public health significance and were
thus inadmissible to the United States per the Immigration and
Nationality Act (INA). While HIV infection is a serious health
condition, it is not a communicable disease that is a significant
public health risk for introduction, transmission, and spread to the
U.S. population through casual contact. As a result of this final rule,
aliens will no longer be inadmissible into the United States based
solely on the ground they are infected with HIV, and they will not be
required to undergo HIV testing as part of the required medical
examination for U.S. immigration.
NOTHING to do with aliens.
[edit on 6-11-2009 by knightsof0ld]