Ukraine lifts ban on HIV-positive visitors

Activist and HIV infected people holds candles as they rally in front of a Red Ribbon in the center of the Ukrainian capital of Kiev on November 29, 2012, to mark the upcoming World AIDS Day on December 1Ukraine said on Wednesday it had removed its restriction on entry and foreign travel for HIV-positive people as part of growing efforts to improve relations with Europe after decades of Moscow rule. The ex-Soviet state's Deputy Health Minister Igor Pereginets said the repeal of the 14-year ban was one of the conditions put forward by the European Union in the ongoing visa-free travel talks. "This regulation was repealed (in June) for both Ukrainian citizens travelling abroad and for foreigners entering Ukraine," Pereginets told AFP.



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