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China lifts entry ban on HIV/AIDS foreigners

04-28-2010 13:13 BJT

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The Chinese government has decided to lift the 20-year-old ban on entry for foreigners with HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and leprosy.

A statement released by the State Council says the government has realized that such a ban has a very limited effect in disease prevention and control. It has, instead, caused inconvenience when hosting various international activities. The revision comes days ahead of the opening of the Shanghai World Expo.

Previously, the government temporarily lifted the ban for certain large-scale events, including the 1990 Beijing Asian Games, the 1995 World Conference on Women, and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The government has also narrowed the restrictions for mentally ill and tuberculosis patients to only "severe mental patients" and those with infectious tuberculosis.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CCTV.com

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