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article imageKansas GOP to legalize quarantine of HIV patients

By Owen Weldon     Mar 29, 2013 in World
The Kansas legislature is about to give the state the power to quarantine people with HIV and AIDS. It is expected that the legislation will become law within the next few weeks.
Republicans in the state legislature promised that the power to quarantine will never be exercised against people who do have AIDS, according to AmericaBlog. The Republicans then shot down a Democratic-led effort to exempt HIV and AIDS sufferers from the quarantine provision.
According to Inquisitr, Cody Patton, who is the Executive Director of the sexual health charity Positive Directions, said that Kansas is a very conservative state and that there are still a lot of people who are not educated enough, nor do they have a good understanding concerning HIV/AIDS. Patton also said that the fears that the state would allow some county employee to justify their religious beliefs and discriminate against people who are living with HIV/AIDS.
According to KWCH, the bill is said to aim to protect emergency workers who come in contact with blood from people who they are helping.
Officials will be able to test patients for HIV/AIDS with or without their consent. Currently, if they wish to do this, they need to get a court order.
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