Georgia Representative Betty Price defends 'people with HIV should be quarantined' remark

Monday, October 23, 2017

A politician in Georgia faces controversy over a remark about HIV.

Betty Price, the wife of former Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price, found herself on the recieving end of criticism when she questioned whether it was legal for those with HIV to quaratined to be "curtail the spread".

Her question was directed at a health offical who had presented on Georgia's current state of HIV readiness, after it came to light that more than a third of the state's HIV sufferers are not recieving care.

“What are we legally able to do?" Price asked, before adding "I don’t want to say the quarantine word, but I guess I just said it."

In a statement published by the Atlanta Journal - Constitution she claimed she made the remark was merely "provocative" and then went on to say "I do not support a quarantine in this public health challenge and dilemma of undertreated HIV patients." 

The remarks have been condemned by Jeff Graham, executive director of LGBT advocacy group Georgia Equality, who called them "incredibly disturbing". 

Price's husband has faced his own share of controversy after it emerged that he indulged in jaunts on private jets which cost the taxpayer a reported $400,000 - despite previously saying he was opposed to politicians using this form of transport.