LONDON — Singapore has lifted its 20-year ban on HIV positive visitors but will limit their stay to three months,Gay Star News reports.
The ban was lifted in April but only made public this week.
“Given the current context with more than 5,000 Singapore residents living with HIV and the availability of effective treatment for the disease,” a health ministry spokesperson said. “The policy on the repatriation and permanent blacklisting of HIV positive foreigners was recommended in the late 1980s when the disease was new, fatal and no effective treatment was available.”
The three-month restriction is meant to prevent foreigners with HIV from taking up residence in the Lion city. The spokesperson said a short-term visit “poses very low additional risk of HIV transmission to the local population. However, the public health risk posed by long-stayers is not insignificant, hence the restriction on long-term visits has been retained,” Gay Star News quoted the spokesperson as having said.