Media reports have suggested President Obama is planning to lift the ban which currently prohibits HIV-positive visitors from entering the country.
The Department of Health and Human Services has reportedly initiated an action to halt the implementation of the ban, in keeping with an amendment in the U.S. Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008, that removed language in the Immigration and Nationality Act that explicitly prohibited HIV-positive non-citizens from entering the U.S. without a visa waiver.
Executive Director Rachel B. Tiven of New York-based Immigration Equality called the ban "an anachronistic exclusion that was not based on good science," according to the organization’s website.
"It was based on fear and misinformation about HIV and AIDS," she added, echoing the proposal recently published by the Centers for Disease Control to remove HIV from the list of communicable diseases.
Under current law, HIV-positive tourists and business travelers cannot enter the U.S. even for one day, and people with HIV who are living in the U.S. cannot stay.
The ban is expected to be fully lifted by December following a 45-day public comment period.