The impact of HIV-related restrictions on entry, stay and residence: personal narratives

Case Studies & Research
22 p.

The Impact of HIV-related Restrictions on Entry, Stay and Residence: Personal Narratives was commissioned by the International Task Team on HIV-related Travel Restrictions. The Task Team was established by UNAIDS in January 2008 as an advisory/technical group which role was to galvanize attention to such restrictions on national, regional and international agendas, calling for and supporting efforts towards their elimination. The principles of non-discrimination and the greater involvement of people living with HIV/AIDS principle formed the core of the Task Team's work and provided the context in which its efforts were set. By June 2008, 19 personal stories had been collected. The stories give a voice to those people directly affected by HIV-related restrictions on entry, stay and residence. The experiences documented the development of the Task Team's findings and recommendations. These stories clearly convey that restrictions on entry, stay and residence based on HIV-positive status only, and carried out without regard for the health and well-being of those involved, do not achieve valid objectives and must be overturned.

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