On November 2, 2009, the Health and Human Services Department amended the regulations to remove HIV from the definition of communicable disease of public health significance. The HHS Department also removes any references to HIV from the scope of examinations for aliens. Prior to this change in the regulation, foreign nationals with HIV or AIDS were inadmissible to the U.S. This new rule becomes effective as of January 4, 2010.
The White House issued an announcement on this rule to end the HIV Travel Ban. On October 30, 2009, President Obama announced the elimination of the HIV entry ban at the signing of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009.