HHS Removes 3 STIs From List Barring Immigrant Entry

Law360, New York (January 26, 2016, 2:46 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday published a new rule that, among other things, removes certain rare sexually transmitted infections from the list of communicable diseases that make an immigrant ineligible to enter the U.S.

Under the change, the STIs granuloma inguinale, chancroid and lymphogranuloma venereum would no longer be considered a “communicable disease of public health significance.” Immigrants who have a disease that falls in this category are inadmissible.

“The three bacterial infections are transmitted through sexual contact, have never been common in the United States and over the past two decades are observed to be...

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