HIV travel ban repealed

Not directly related to addiction, but seems worth mentioning. Congress voted last night to repeal the HIV travel ban.

The ban was enacted in 1987 with the passage of the “Helms amendment” to a bill to increase access to AIDS treatment medications. Placing restrictions on travel for people with communicable diseases falls under the purview of the Department of Health and Human Services. HIV was the only illness for which congress created a specific ban.