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Lawmaker Draws Backlash After Asking If HIV Patients Could Be 'Legally' Quarantined

Lawmaker Draws Backlash After Asking If HIV Patients Could Be 'Legally' Quarantined
From TIME - October 21, 2017

A Georgia lawmaker who is married to former U.S. health and human services secretary Tom Price drew backlash after she inquired if HIV patients could be "legally" quarantined to stop the spread of the virus.

"What are we legally able to do? I dont want to say the quarantine word, but I guess I just said it," State Rep. Betty Price (R -Roswell) asked Tuesday during a study committee meeting on barriers to adequate health care, which was live streamed online.

Price worked as a anesthesiologist for 20 years and has served on the boards of multiple medical associations in Atlanta and the state of Georgia, according to her legislative biography.

"Is there an ability, since I would guess that public dollars are expended heavily in prophylaxis and treatment of this condition, so we have a public interest in curtailing the spread," Price went on. "Are there any methods, legally, that we could do that would curtail the spread?

"It seems to me its almost frightening the number of people who are living that are potentially carriers, well they are carriers, with the potential to spread, whereas in the past they died more readily and then at that point they are not posing a risk, Price added.

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