China Lifts Ban Barring Entry to Foreigners with HIV and AIDS

Foreigners with HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and leprosy will be allowed into China for the first time. From CNN:

State-run news agency Xinhua reported Tuesday that China’s State Council decided to repeal the ban after realizing it did little to prevent the spread of disease and caused problems when the country was hosting international events.

The revision came days before the opening of the six-month Shanghai World Expo, which organizers expect will draw 70 million people. The government had previously lifted the ban temporarily for other large-scale events, including the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Xinhua said the health ministry estimates the number of people living with HIV in China had reached 740,000 by October 2009, with deaths caused by AIDS totaling 49,845 since the first case was reported in 1985.