Banned From Pride

The INS Blocks A Visitor With HIV

Nevertheless, in 1993, President Clinton signed a law barring HIV-infected aliens from entering the country. And over the years, outrage has shifted to other issues. As IGLHRC's Jaime Balboa explains, "Now activists are prioritizing access to medications as their focus." Also, says Balboa, "There are ways for people who want to travel to keep from being discovered. One can be a closeted HIV person for matters of safety."

Out & About suggests one such closeting technique: telling customs agents that HIV medications are for kidney cancer and heart disease. Why didn't Ken do that? "I didn't want to lie," says Ken, who adds, "It just never occurred to me this could really happen."

slerner@villagevoice.com

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