The French researcher who discovered the AIDS virus demanded Saturday that the United States repeal its ban on granting entry to people testing positive for the virus.
The ban has prompted dozens of international organizations and agencies to call for a boycott of an international AIDS meeting in San Francisco this week. France and Switzerland have said they will not send official delegations to the meeting.The French researcher, Luc Montagnier, said he would attend the Sixth International Conference on AIDS, but he said it would be the last conference on American soil if the United States failed to repeal the ban.
"The American restrictions are completely unacceptable, and it is being said out loud that we are going only to save this conference" Montagnier said in a recording for Canal Sante, a cable television channel for health professionals.
"But it is clear that the next American conference, which is to take place in Boston, will not take place if the American law is not changed," he said.
The Boston conference on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome is scheduled for 1992.
Montagnier led the French research team at the Pasteur Institute which discovered the AIDS virus.
Under a law passed in 1987 by the U.S. Congress, the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, which causes AIDS, was added to the list of contagious diseases for which foreigners can be barred from entering the country.