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Ignorant State Rep. Betty Price

By Charlotte Robinson, October 21, 2017
GLAAD the global LGBTQ media advocacy organization has called for a full apology from Georgia State Representative Betty Price for suggesting that those Georgians living with HIV & AIDS should be “quarantined” during a recent House Committee Meeting. Rep Price stated, “I don’t want to say the quarantine word, but I guess I just said it. Is there an ability, since I would guess that public dollars are expended heavily in prophylaxis & treatment of this condition. So we have a public interest in curtailing the spread. What would you advise or are there any methods legally that we could do that would curtail the spread?” Sarah Kate Ellis, President & CEO of GLAAD stated, “We have come a long way in how we understand and talk about HIV as a nation & comments like those made by Georgia State Representative Betty Price fly in the face of that progress & of basic decency. This language coming from anyone is totally unacceptable, but coming from a medical doctor & 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.” Georgia State Rep. Betty Price is the wife of Former Secretary of Health & Human Services Tom Price whose proposed budget during his time in the Trump Administration threatened to massively cut HIV & AIDS funding under the National Institutes of Health. Ignorant & vicious comments like this do not address HIV prevention but instead further promotes the misinformation & stigma that creates barriers to testing & treatment for vulnerable communities, including transgender women of color & young gay & bi men of color.
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