Is this for real?

Did we go back to 1987 and someone forgot to tell me?  Are we in America?  Republican lawmaker suggests people with HIV should be ‘quarantined.’

GA Rep. Betty Price

"What are we legally able to do?" Dr. Betty Price, a Republican, asked the 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…” she said.

What makes this all the more outrageous is this is not some junior state legislator from some backward flyover state — Rep. Price was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in a 2015 special election to represent Atlanta's northern suburbs; she serves as deputy whip for the Republican caucus and is a member of the Health and Human Services Committee, and is the wife of the former Federal Health and Human Services secretary Dr. Tom Price who resigned last month from President Trump's cabinet amid scandal.

Oh but wait thoughtful reader; there’s more:

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.

I can’t believe I have to explain this to an actual doctor, but rounding-up people when they’re diagnosed with HIV is not only illegal, it won’t work.  People on HIV medication regimens who have achieved and maintained viral suppression (undetectable status) do not pass the virus on to others, so the best way to prevent the spread of HIV infections is to get as many people as possible who are at risk tested and those diagnosed with HIV into treatment. (cf:  Prevention Access Campaign)  And Georgia can reduce the number of its citizens at risk not by violating the civil rights of its HIV+ citizens but by abolishing its batcrap crazy "abstinence only" sex education curriculum and actually teaching people how to have safer sex, or by funding Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) drugs for those most at risk — men who have sex with men, minorities, women, and intravenous drug users.

During his time as the most senior health official in the US, Dr. Price’s husband, Tom Price, who is also a doctor, proposed massive cuts to HIV prevention programs, while Scott Schoettes, Lucy Bradley-Springer, Gina Brown, Ulysses Burley III, Michelle Ogle, and Grissel Granados all resigned in protest from the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS known as PACHA, created in 1995 with the aim of providing advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services concerning the prevention and cure of HIV and AIDS; in their resignation letter, they stated:

As advocates for people living with HIV, we have dedicated our lives to combating this disease and no longer feel we can do so effectively within the confines of an advisory body to a president who simply does not care. The Trump Administration has no strategy to address the on-going HIV/AIDS epidemic, seeks zero input from experts to formulate HIV policy, and—most concerning—pushes legislation that will harm people living with HIV and halt or reverse important gains made in the fight against this disease.

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