Monday, 28 May, 2018

Georgia Lawmaker Suggests Quarantining People Who Are HIV Positive

Betty Price Tom Price's lawmaker wife wants people with HIV quarantined and their partners surveilled
Marlene Weaver | 22 October, 2017, 02:03

She is married to Tom Price, Donald Trump's disgraced former health secretary who was forced to resign under financial scandal.

A Republican lawmaker has suggested that people living with HIV should be "quarantined" to stop it spreading.

A Georgia state lawmaker, who is married to former USA health and human services secretary Tom Price, has drawn criticism for suggesting that people with HIV be quarantined to stop the spread of the virus, recalling language used in an earlier era when AIDS was little understood.

Betty Price, a Republican physician, suggested the idea during a study committee this week, asking her colleagues whether such a move would be possible, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"I don't want to say the quarantine word, but I guess I just said it", Price said during the October 17 meeting, which was recorded on video.

In the USA 1.1 million people in the United States are now living with HIV and one in seven are unware of thier status according to the centre for disease control prevention. "So we have a public interest in curtailing the spread".

"It just seems to me it's nearly frightening the number of people who are living that are potentially carriers - well, they are carriers - but, potential to spread".

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Price also said that while she didn't necessarily want to quarantine people with HIV, that is exactly what she wants to do. So we've got a huge population posing a risk if they are not in treatment, " Betty said later during Pascale's presentation.

Its president, Sarah Kate Ellis said: "Comments like those made by Georgia State Representative Betty Price fly in the face of that progress, and of basic decency".

In other words, in order for the state save money on HIV prevention and treatment, Georgia should lock up HIV-positive people and subject their sexual partners to government tracking. "It shows the amount of work that still needs to happen to educate elected officials on the reality of the lives of people living with HIV".

BELOW: Price's comments come around the 1:02 mark. The Georgia Department of Public Health, on behalf of Wortley, declined to comment. "However, we can not ignore the many signs that the Trump Administration does not take the on-going epidemic or the needs of people living with HIV seriously".

Georgia was home to almost 50,000 people diagnosed with HIV in 2014, and had the second highest rate of new diagnoses among all states the following year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Tom Price, an orthopedic surgeon, resigned as HHS secretary amid a scandal over his use of private planes.

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