THE UNAIDS has released a list of countries which still deport or bar people living with HIV from residing or accessing life opportunities within their boarders.
By Michael Gwarisa
According to the UNAIDS study dubbed Still not Welcome, in 2019, around 48 countries and territories still maintain some form of HIV-related travel restriction even though it has been noted and agreed that mandatory HIV testing and bans on entry, stay and residence based on HIV status not only do not protect public health but undermine HIV prevention and treatment efforts.
COUNTRIES WHERE HIV TESTING IS MANDATORY FOR ONE TO GET A WOKERS, STUDY OR RESIDENCE PERMIT (18 COUNTRIES)
In Africa, only Angola falls under this category and makes it mandatory for one to get tested before getting a study or workers or :Israel, Australia, Belize, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Kazakstan, Palau, Tuvala, Tonga, Azerbejan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Saints Kitts and Nevis, Paraguay, Samoa, Papua New Guinea Turks and Caicos.
COUNTRIES THAT PROHIBIT SHORT OR LONG TERM STAY BASED ON ONE’S HIV STATUS (11 COUNTRIES)
NB// These are countries and territories that require HIV testing or disclosure to certain types of entry, study, work and or residence permits. Tunisia and Mauritius are the only African countries with such restrictions.
Aruba, Ukrain, Maldives, Tunisia, Marshall Islands, Indonesia, Bosnia and Hezergovina, Dominican Republic, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Mauritias and Kyrgystan.
COUNTRIES THAT DEPORT NON-NATIONALS ON THE BASIS OF HIV STATUS (19 COUNTRIES)
NB// These countries require disclosure or HIV testing for certain types of entry, study, work and or residence. Sudan and Egypt are the only African country in this category.
Bahrain, Malaysia, Oman, Sudan, Iraq, Egypt, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Kuwait, Singapore, Syrian Arab Republic, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Brunei Darissalam, Jordan, Turkmenistan
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