Georgia Republican state Representative Betty Price on Tuesday inquired about quarantining people living with HIV, citing what she “guessed” are the high costs to the government for medical services and care. In addition to suggesting the possibility of quarantining people living with HIV, she also inquired about surveilling their sexual partners and tracking their contacts. And she appeared to imply that because of medical advances, people are living longer with HIV/AIDS than in decades past, and therefore are posing a greater risk because “in the past they died more readily.”
The presumption that people living with HIV/AIDS are posing a risk to the general population in general or because they are living longer is both false and extraordinarily offensive.
Rep. Betty Price, who is also a medical doctor and happens to be the wife of former Trump administration Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, made her disturbing remarks at a House committee meeting designed to improve state residents’ access to health care, as Regina Willis at Project Q Atlanta reported Friday.
“It seems to me it’s almost 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. So we’ve got a huge population posing a risk if they are not in treatment,” Price also said.
So, people aren’t dying of HIV as quickly as they used to. That’s too expensive for the GOP’s priorities, I guess.
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