Activists gathered at Peace Arch park on Sunday to protest the American policy of banning entry to persons who are HIV positive. The rally was led by a Canadian man from Surrey, British Columbia, named Martin Rooney.
The ban was implemented in the 1980’s and is still, in 2009, in place. Now maybe in the 80’s when that bad blood epidemic was occurring the ban might have made some sort of sense. I’m not saying it made a lot of sense, but with the amount of panic it is understandable, but now, in this day and age, it is unacceptable.
Why should anyone be discriminated against? Why should being a Canadian with HIV be different than an American with HIV? Medicines today have made living with HIV much more manageable. Also, HIV is less contagious than many things, Swine Flu for example. If you’re so worried about getting HIV then make sure you test the person you’re with before doing any sexual activities.
People with HIV should be allowed to live like everyone else, not some sort of second class citizen. Why can’t someone go down across the border to shop for the day, maybe spend some time at a recreational property, relax. Just because they’re in America doesn’t mean they’re going to go around trying to get everyone infected. It isn’t like HIV positive people are hurting the American economy, they’re actually helping it.
This shouldn’t even have to be “taken into consideration,” this is ethically wrong. I would expect something like this in Nazi Germany in the 30-40’s, not present day America, so called “Land of the free.” Stop discriminating or stop calling yourself the land of the free, you can’t have both.
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