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Kansas, USA: Bill Would Quarantine HIV Positive Citizens

Friday, March 29th, 2013

bloodIn a throw-back to the early years of the AIDS crisis and accompanying hysteria, Kansas wants to quarantine HIV positive people. Think Progress reports:

Kansas House Bill 2183 was originally created to serve first responders who might be at risk of contracting HIV through their work. But the Kansas Department of Health and Environment rewrote the language in the bill, broadly deregulating when isolation can take place and opening up the possibility that HIV positive people could be quarantined. Activists fear this oversight could be used to openly discriminate. “Our state’s health department is willing to roll back a 25-year old civil rights protection,” Thomas Witt, the Executive Director of the Kansas Equality Coalition, told ThinkProgress. “LGBT Kansans are already subject to harassment and legal discrimination, and removing the existing HIV quarantine exemption from law leaves vulnerable Kansans at risk of discriminatory, unfair treatment by local officials.”

How regressive can you get? So far, Kansas wins the GOP race to the bottom. Although North Dakota, with its repressive new abortion laws, is a close second.

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