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In Rwanda, there are no travel restrictions related to HIV/AIDS. This means that, if you're a foreigner and you plan to visit Rwanda, you will not be asked about your HIV status or be required to share any medical information. If you're a foreigner and want to live in Rwanda as a legal resident, the information related to this topic is a bit mixed. Some sources seem to state that foreigners who apply for residency will not face any regulations or threats of deportation related to the HIV status. However, other sources seem to state that, if someone is infected with HIV/AIDS, their residency application may be refused.<ref>[http://www.hivtravel.org/Default.aspx?PageId=143&CountryId=150 RWANDA - REGULATIONS ON ENTRY, STAY AND RESIDENCE FOR PLHIV]</ref> If you have updated information about this topic, please update the page.
 
In Rwanda, there are no travel restrictions related to HIV/AIDS. This means that, if you're a foreigner and you plan to visit Rwanda, you will not be asked about your HIV status or be required to share any medical information. If you're a foreigner and want to live in Rwanda as a legal resident, the information related to this topic is a bit mixed. Some sources seem to state that foreigners who apply for residency will not face any regulations or threats of deportation related to the HIV status. However, other sources seem to state that, if someone is infected with HIV/AIDS, their residency application may be refused.<ref>[http://www.hivtravel.org/Default.aspx?PageId=143&CountryId=150 RWANDA - REGULATIONS ON ENTRY, STAY AND RESIDENCE FOR PLHIV]</ref> If you have updated information about this topic, please update the page.
  
Generally speaking, Rwanda has shown remarkable progress in rebuilding its HIV/AIDS resources in the past few decades. The Rwandan genocide destroyed the HIV treatment infrastructure in the country, which needed to then be rebuilt from the ground up. Since that time, Rwanda has focused on trying to prevent more HIV infections, especially from mother to child. In 2016, it was estimated that about 220,000 people (adults and children) in Rwanda and about 3.1% of adults in Rwanda are living with HIV.<ref>[http://www.unaids.org/en/regionscountries/countries/rwanda UNAIDS Country factsheets - RWANDA 2016]</ref> The country provides universal health coverage for HIV patients, though the effort to ensure that everyone is covered is still ongoing.<ref>[http://www.aidsmap.com/Abolishing-HIV-in-Rwanda/page/2845701/ Abolishing HIV in Rwanda]</ref> You can watch a PBS special on Rwanda's efforts to prevent HIV transmission and ensure that HIV-positive people are properly medicated [https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/rwanda-torn-genocide-became-global-anti-aids-leader here].
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Generally speaking, Rwanda has shown remarkable progress in rebuilding its HIV/AIDS resources in the past few decades. The Rwandan genocide destroyed the HIV treatment infrastructure in the country, which needed to then be built from the ground up. Since that time, Rwanda has focused on trying to prevent more HIV infections, especially from mother to child. In 2016, it was estimated that about 220,000 people (adults and children) in Rwanda and about 3.1% of adults in Rwanda are living with HIV.<ref>[http://www.unaids.org/en/regionscountries/countries/rwanda UNAIDS Country factsheets - RWANDA 2016]</ref> The country provides universal health coverage for HIV patients, though the effort to ensure that everyone is covered is still ongoing.<ref>[http://www.aidsmap.com/Abolishing-HIV-in-Rwanda/page/2845701/ Abolishing HIV in Rwanda]</ref> You can watch a PBS special on Rwanda's efforts to prevent HIV transmission and ensure that HIV-positive people are properly medicated [https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/rwanda-torn-genocide-became-global-anti-aids-leader here].  
  
 
From a Kigali local: "Tests for STI/STDs are very easy to get at the many medical centers around town. It can be costly at some of the private clinics, but you can also find cheaper options at public hospitals. HIV tests are cheap, and people are encouraged to get tested. Among the Rwandans I know, getting tested is a completely normal thing --- it is not shameful. People will even go with their partner, as part of the dating ritual. Again, this is what I know from the Rwandans I spend time with, and these are middle-class." (March 2018)
 
From a Kigali local: "Tests for STI/STDs are very easy to get at the many medical centers around town. It can be costly at some of the private clinics, but you can also find cheaper options at public hospitals. HIV tests are cheap, and people are encouraged to get tested. Among the Rwandans I know, getting tested is a completely normal thing --- it is not shameful. People will even go with their partner, as part of the dating ritual. Again, this is what I know from the Rwandans I spend time with, and these are middle-class." (March 2018)

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