TORONTO - Canadians infected with HIV are once again free to enter the United States.
Monday officially marked the end of a 22-year-long entry ban that prohibited HIV patients from entering or travelling through the U.S. without a special waiver.
U.S. President Barack Obama announced the end of the ban last October.
The ban was initially put in place to discourage the spread of the virus, which experts believed could be contracted from casual contact.
When Obama announced the end of the policy, the U.S. was one of only 12 countries that denied entry to travellers infected with HIV.
Monday's development clears the way for an international aids conference, which is scheduled to take place in 2012 in Washington D.C.