Posted by Marisa Dowling
On Friday, Australian Prime Minister John Howard stated that the Australian government is investigating means of tightening immigration restrictions against people with HIV.
HIV-AIDS social workers have come out strongly against this, stating the Minister is blaming sufferers for their illness and that such measures are irrational and immoral.
To aid his position, the Minister cites statistics that state that 20% of newly diagnosed HIV cases are from recently arrived immigrants.
Under current policy, potential immigrants are already tested for HIV, and are already normally rejected due their "unfair" burden on their new country's healthcare system. Many other countries, including the United States, employ this practice.