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Georgia Lawmaker Asks if People With HIV Can Be “Legally” Quarantined To Keep The Disease From Spreading

The wife of Trump’s former Health Secretary, Tom Price, is facing backlash for suggesting that people with HIV could be “quarantined” to help prevent the disease from spreading.

“I don’t want to say the quarantine word – but I guess I just said it,” Georgia lawmaker, #BettyPrice said. “But is there an ability, since I guess public dollars are expended heavily in prophylaxis and treatment of this condition, so we have a public interest in curtailing the spread…Are there any methods we could do legally to curtail the spread.”

Price asked the question in a hearing on Tuesday, during a Georgia House of Representative study committee meeting. Price, who represents the northern Atlanta area of Georgia, claimed her concern came from the “frightening” number of people who are living and carrying the disease.

According to reports, back in 2014, a study showed nearly 50,000 people were diagnosed with HIV in Georgia, with the second highest rate of new diagnoses among all states in 2015.

“It’s almost frightening the number of people who are living that are carriers with the potential to spread,” she said. “Whereas in the past, they died more readily, and at that point, they’re not posing a risk. So we’ve got a huge population posing a risk if they’re not in treatment.”

As a result, advocacy groups have demanded an apology from Price, calling her comments “reprehensible” coming from a physician and lawmaker. Price is also an anesthesiologist.

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  1. If she would have been in office in the 80’s this idea might have gotten passed. Regan didn’t even want to acknowledge the disease back then! Now that treatments have become more advance and people are living longer with this then yes they take the risk of spreading this. There are a lot of people that take chance with people they don’t know. One night stands that turn into a life time a trouble! From a stranger that you thought looked good but was dirty than old rug! Everything that glitters isn’t gold! This is part of sexual freedom. So take the good with the bad and be careful! SMH she might as well have went with the African’s idea to tattoo people’s genitals with HIV+, a lot cheaper than the US rounding all these people up and who do you think is going to foot the bill for their treatment???

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