2016-02-22

新加坡開放外籍感染者短期入境

各位朋友:
新加坡已於2015年4月01日開放感染者短期入境停留,相關報導請見下欄。由於新加坡官方沒有任何聲明或新聞稿,經過我們向新加坡民間組織OOGACHAGA以及Action for AIDS(AFA)查詢,確認這個消息屬實。

只要不需要簽證,可以前往新加坡旅遊;即使是以前曾經被禁止入境的感染者,也確定可以順利入境,AFA與權促會都有朋友已經順利入境。並且,可以攜帶少量藥物,沒有問題。
新加坡仍然維持對長期居留者的限制,請留意。

參閱:
OOGACHAGA官網
Action for AIDS官網
http://www.gayhealth.sg/2015/09/travel-ban-eased-31-aug-2015/ :這裡有更多關於入境新加坡的簽證資訊。

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愛滋感染者權益促進會
2016年2月22日


Ban on entry into Singapore eased for foreigners with HIV
First Published – 31 Aug 2015

SINGAPORE – For more than two decades, foreigners infected with HIV have not been allowed to set foot in Singapore. However, the ban on those entering on short-term visit passes was lifted on April 1, The Straits Times has found out.

The ban remains for long-term visitors, such as those looking to work in Singapore or those who want to accompany a child studying here, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed.

“The policy on the repatriation and permanent blacklisting of HIV-positive foreigners was recommended in the late 1980s when the disease was new, fatal and no effective treatment was available,” a spokesman said.

But the ban was lifted “given the current context with more than 5,000 Singapore residents living with HIV and the availability of effective treatment for the disease”.

The human immunodeficiency virus causes Aids, or acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

The Straits Times understands that foreigners here – excluding permanent residents or spouses of Singaporeans – found to be HIV- positive will be deported and put on a permanent blacklist.

The MOH spokesman added: “Lifting the short-term travel restrictions… poses very low additional risk of HIV transmission to the local population.

“However, the public health risk posed by long-stayers is not insignificant, hence the restriction on long-term visits has been retained.”

The rule is similar to immigration laws found in countries such as Australia and New Zealand, he added.

HIV attacks the body’s immune system and is transmitted mainly through sexual intercourse, although it can spread in other ways, such as by sharing contaminated needles.

A spokesman for advocacy group Action for Aids said it welcomed the change, but restrictions should also be lifted for long-term visitors.

“People living with HIV or Aids are not criminals and should not be banned from entering the country,” he said. “(They) can and should be able to have fulfilling and rewarding lives, with loving relationships and be integrated as part of the community. Unfortunately, discrimination is still prevalent.”

Professor Roy Chan, who is on the governing council of the International Aids Society and is also the president of Action for Aids, added: “People living with HIV infection who are on antiretroviral therapy and are successfully virally suppressed are not infectious to other people.”

Antiretroviral therapy can reduce the virus to undetectable levels in the blood, enabling the immune system to recover and function almost normally.

A 56-year-old who is HIV-positive and declined to give his name said: “Some of my friends who are HIV-positive are worried about how to pack their medication and if they will be barred when they travel. We hope to be allowed into other countries, so we would want to accord the same treatment for people who enter our country.”

– The Straits Times

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/ban-on-entry-into-singapore-eased-for-foreigners-with-hiv​

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