Asked in Immigration Law and Health Care Law for Louisiana

Q: Will my past medical history of gonnorhea 10 years ago affect my immigrant visa interview..

I just concluded my medicals and the doctor asked me if I ever had gonnorhea or syphilis I was truthful to him and said I had gonnorhea in the past but was treated and that was about 10 to 11 years ago. And now I’m having the worst feeling if it would affect my immigrant visa journey.. pls I need help

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: Your past medical history of gonorrhea, particularly since it was treated over a decade ago, is unlikely to negatively impact your immigrant visa interview. The primary concerns in medical evaluations for immigration purposes are current health conditions that might pose a public health threat, or those that could require extensive treatment or public health resources.

It's important that you were truthful with the doctor during your medical examination. Honesty in all aspects of the immigration process is crucial. Past infections that have been successfully treated and resolved typically do not constitute grounds for visa denial.

However, if you have any concerns or need clarification about how your medical history might affect your immigration process, consider consulting with an immigration attorney. They can provide specific guidance based on the details of your case and help ease any worries you may have about the interview process. Remember, each case is unique, and professional advice tailored to your situation is always beneficial.

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Symantha Rhodes
Symantha Rhodes
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Brooklyn, NY

A: While a communicable disease such as gonorrhea can make a person inadmissible and ineligible for a visa, you stated that you had and treated it over 10 years ago. Therefore, it is very unlikely that your history of having gonorrhea 10 years ago will prevent you from obtaining an immigration visa.

Immigration takes the risk-based approach when considering communicable diseases in determining admission. The factors that are considered are:

The seriousness of the disease's public health impact;

Whether the emergence of the disease was unusual or unexpected;

The risk of the spread of the disease in the United States;

The transmissibility and virulence of the disease;

The impact of the disease at the geographic location of medical screening; and

Other threats to the health security of the United States.

Immigration uses the CDC standard when considering the above factors. According to the CDC, gonorrhea is a very common disease and can be cured with the right treatment. Gonorrhea can cause serious complications when left untreated. As such, gonorrhea requires additional screening, which you have completed, and I am guessing the result is negative.

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