In 2009, the Obama administration ended the travel ban on HIV-positive people, and last month Washington D.C. hosted the International AIDS Conference, the first time an American city held the event since 1990. Mission America’s Linda Harvey, however, was not amused. She attacked the Obama administration for lifting the ban since “reckless sexual behavior is not a deep American value” and warned that “the U.S.’s liberal homosexual culture” will attract HIV-positive immigrants,” leading to “an acceleration of the epidemic.”
Harvey: Overall there was an astonishing denial of reality. The conference was taking place in the U.S. for the first time in twenty-two years. Why? Because HIV-positive individuals had been banned from entering the U.S. but the Obama administration lifted that travel and immigration ban in 2009. So HHS Secretary Sebelius, ‘the HIV entry ban was a bad policy based on faulty science that ran contrary to America’s deepest values.’ She’s wrong, once again. Reckless sexual behavior is not a deep American value, except perhaps in Washington. The ban was a response to reality and the known attraction of some would-be immigrants to the U.S.’s liberal homosexual culture in certain cities. Opening our ports to HIV-positive people just invites an acceleration of the epidemic.