Republican representative Betty Price just suggested quarantining people living with HIV in America.
The Georgian GOP State lawmaker, who is also a medical doctor, made the comments during a House study committee meeting addressing the barriers HIV-positive people face, on Tuesday (17 October).
She is also the wife of anti-LGBTI Tom Price, a former Trump administration Health and Human Services Secretary.
‘My thinking sometimes goes in strange directions,’ Betty Price admitted.
‘But before you proceed – if you wouldn’t mind commenting on the surveillance of partners, tracking of contacts, that sort of thing. What are we legally able to do?’
‘And I don’t want to say the quarantine word, but I guess I just said it,’ she added.
She absurdly seems to be suggesting surveilling people with HIV to see who they’re sleeping with and what they’re doing.
Betty Price continued: ‘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.’
She then asked: ‘Are there any methods legally that we could do that would curtail the spread?’
Price seems to be implying since HIV-positive people access public health services, they owe the government accountability.
Betty Price ‘frightened’ by huge population with HIV
The bizarre rant continued.
Betty Price said: ‘It’s almost frightening the number of people who are living that are potentially carriers. Well not carriers, [but] 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,’ she said.
Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD, said in a statement: ‘This language coming from anyone is totally unacceptable, but coming from a medical doctor and a Georgia State Representative it is reprehensible.
‘GLAAD is calling for a full apology for these remarks on behalf of all people affected by this harmful statement,’ she said.
Many on Twitter criticized the GOP lawmaker’s comments.
Alison Brandon tweeted: ‘Dear Betty Price – 1984 called and they think your ignorance has gone too far. Learn some actual public health science and compassion.’
Gay Star News reached out to Betty Price for comment.