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U.S. Lifts Immigration Ban on HIV/Aids Patients

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The U.S. will no longer bar people with HIV/Aids from entering the country, ending a 22-year immigration ban, according to a BBC report Monday.

The move comes as the U.S. prepares to host a bi-annual global HIV/Aids summit in 2012.

President Barack Obama has been on record against the ban, saying in October it was "rooted in fear rather than fact".

"We lead the world when it comes to helping stem the Aids pandemic - yet we are one of only a dozen countries that still bar people with HIV from entering our own country," he said then.

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