Can people with HIV be 'legally' quarantined — Georgia lawmaker

Leslie Hanson
October 21, 2017

Price later added to her controversial statement: "It seems to me it's nearly frightening the number of people who are living that are potentially carriers-well, not carriers, with the potential to spread, whereas in the past they died more readily and at that point they are not posing a risk".

Wortley did not directly answer Price's question, STAT reports, instead calling for the expansion of health services for all Georgians living with the disease. So we have a public interest in curtailing the spread.

"When we come into spaces like this and we hear questions around how legally far can we go to isolate people or even quarantine people, then it just lets you know that we have a real uphill battle", Diallo said. Worsley's presentation noted that gay black men in metro Atlanta have by far the highest rates of HIV diagnoses in Georgia. "Whereas in the past, they died more readily, and then at that point, they're not posing a risk".

Later in the hearing, Price lamented improvements to HIV treatment that prevent patients from dying, thereby "posing a risk" to the rest of the population.

A state lawmaker queried a Georgia health official earlier this week whether Georgia could legally quarantine HIV-positive individuals. "She went on to use the "quarantine" word", as she put it, and that's a problem.


Wortley answered by explaining in detail one HIV surveillance program that is now in place, as well as another that she says will be implemented soon, but did not answer Price's question about quarantine. In 1987, the staunchly homophobic Sen.

The idea of quarantining people with HIV and AIDS is not new, and was seriously discussed at the height of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. Price asked Dr. Pascale Wortley, director of the HIV/AIDS Epidemiology Section at the Georgia Department of Public Health.

GLAAD called Price's remarks "totally unacceptable" and called on her to apologize. Oh and Betty is also a medical doctor.

Price - a physician - made the comments at a Georgia House commission meeting about improving state residents' access to healthcare. "GLAAD is calling for a full apology for these remarks on behalf of all people affected by this harmful statement".

"We need to get public health [workers] to find people, get them into care, keep them in care, and keep them virally suppressed", Dr Carlos del Rio told STAT.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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