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Haitian Immigrant brought AIDS to US

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 31, 2007

This report, originally from Reuters, was published all over the world yesterday.

The strain of HIV that touched off the US AIDS epidemic and fueled the global scourge of the disease came to the continent from Africa via Haiti, according to a study released Monday.


“Haiti was the stepping stone the virus took when it left central Africa and started its sweep around the world,” said Michael Worobey, an assistant professor of evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and senior author of the paper.


The deadly virus probably arrived on US shores in about 1969, more than a decade before the full-blown US AIDS crisis of the 1980s, and may have been carried there by a single Haitian immigrant, according to the study.

What relevance to refugees?   During the Clinton Administration the ban on immigrants with HIV AIDS was lifted and refugees with AIDS are permitted entry into the US.   We pay for their treatment upon arrival.  This was confirmed by State Dept. representatives at the September Forum in Hagerstown.

From 1983 to 2005 we admitted 28,625 Haitians with the lions share resettled in Florida.  Just a reminder that the 2005 ORR Annual report to Congress is a handy source of information.   See Appendix A for country of origin and resettlement state.

Note:  We may soon make available DVD copies of the Public Forum on Refugee Resettlement held in Hagerstown, MD on September 19, 2007.    If you are new to RRW you might want to review the September Forum category here.

3 Responses to “Haitian Immigrant brought AIDS to US”

  1. miah said

    many americaans die wth aids they just didnt no it was aids. now they know what it is so haitian brought it over. bullshiit magic johnson have aids did he sleep wt a haitian a lots of people die with aids. get a life n get a fact. dats opinion every bad desease is from the poorest country. united state has a lot of gays (no offense) n a lot of betiality


  2. sharri staggs said

    Sure, why not allow any HIV positive people in the US, we can pay for their housing, their medical treatment, food, anything they need. thats the American way right? By the way, when my mother and father can’t afford a dentist or a hearing aid or some of their medications, and when they go to the grocery and put back things that they would like to have because they don’t have the money for everything, can we sometimes remember that they are the AMERICANs that built this country and worked the fields for crops etc. They have never asked for assistance from our “Government” they have WORKED for everything they have, because they used to think that was the American Way. So lets just say Thank you to the Haitians for bringing us this gift and say WELCOME to anyone else in the world that would like to continue bringing us more gifts like HIV. We must be good Americans right and welcome it all.


  3. […] told us the ban on refugees with HIV had been lifted by the Clinton administration.    Here is a post in which I mentioned the supposed lifting of the ban.   Now I’m wondering if it […]


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