Georgia Lawmaker Asks if People with HIV/AIDS Can be Legally Quarantined

Georgia Lawmaker Asks if People with HIV/AIDS Can be Legally Quarantined

A Georgia state representative has asked for a public hearing to discuss the legality of legally quarantining people with HIV/AIDS. The rep., who also happens to be an anesthesiologist, Betty Price is also married to the former federal Health and Human Services secretary,

“What are we legally able to do?” Dr. Betty Price, a Republican, asked Dr. Pascale Wortley, director of the HIV/AIDS Epidemiology Surveillance Section at the Georgia Department of Public Health. “I don’t want to say the ‘quarantine’ word, but I guess I just said it. … What would you advise, or are there any methods, legally, that we could do that would curtail the spread?”
“It just seems to me it’s almost frightening the number of people who are living that are potentially carriers — well, they are carriers — but, potential to spread,” Betty Price said. “Whereas, in the past, they died more readily, and then at that point, they are not posing a risk. So, we’ve got a huge population posing a risk if they’re not in treatment.”
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