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Discrimination against people with HIV/AIDS in the age of globalization
- German AIDS Federation (Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe e. V.) Berlin, Germany and Aids Info Docu, Berne, Switzerland.
"We know that the HIV test is an enormously effective public health tool, but it s only effective when deployed in ways that are socially, politically and medically appropriate. If it s not, it can actually be a detriment to public health". A. Brandt (cited in Abrams 1998: 225)
In the first half of 2000, the German national AIDS organization Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe e.V. (DAH) presented the results of a study into international entry and residence regulations and treatment possibilities in the case of HIV infection and AIDS. DAH had succeeded in collecting information from 166 countries.
This study is now online, on the Aids Info Docu Switzerland website.
German edition: http://www.aidsnet.ch/immigration/d/
French edition: http://www.aidsnet.ch/immigration/f/
An English edition is planned.
The study's disturbing results:
- 81 countries know entry or residence restrictions against people with HIV/AIDS
- In 20 additional countries, restrictions can not be excluded (collected information was contradictory in some cases)
- 65 countries only are free of restrictions
81 countries with restrictions:
Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana (students), Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, Georgia, Germany (Bavaria), Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Korea (South), Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshal Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Moldavia, Mongolia, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Syria, Tajikistan, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos Islands, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, USA, Virgin Islands, Yemen
20 countries with possible restrictions:
Bosnia, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Lithuania, Namibia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda, United Kingdom, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yugoslavia
65 countries without restrictions:
Albania, Angola, Austria, Azerbaidjan, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroun, Congo (Democratic Republic, Congo Kinshasa), Côte d Ivoire, Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabun, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Korea (People s Republic), Laos, Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malta, Mauritania, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Netherlands, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Romania, Senegal, Sweden, Switzerland, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Turkey, Uruguay, Vatican (Holy See), Zambia, Zimbabwe
Information is missing from 26 countries:
Afghanistan, Algeria, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Capo Verde Islands, Central Africa, Comores, Congo Brazzaville, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Grenada, Kiribati, Liberia, Mali, Nauru, Samoa, São Tomé & Principe, Sierra Leone, Somalia, St. Lucia, Tonga, Chad, Tuvalu, Vanuatu
The German AIDS Federation and Aids Info Docu Switzerland will do their best to keep all information updated.
Forum members are invited to contact Aids Info Docu in case the given information is not accurate and in particular regarding the countries where information is missing.
Aids Info Docu Switzerland
David H.-U. Haerry
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