Kansas Senate passes repeal of AIDS quarantines ban

Kansas Statehouse

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) — The Kansas Senate has approved a bill for protecting medical personnel and emergency workers that also repeals a 25-year-old ban on quarantining AIDS and HIV patients.

Friday’s 36-2 vote moved the bill to the House, where approval would send it to Gov. Sam Brownback.

The bill directs the state health department to draft rules making it easier for medical personnel and emergency workers to learn if they’ve been exposed to infectious diseases.

The provision repealing the 1988 quarantine ban protecting AIDS and HIV patients faced strong criticism from the Kansas Equality Coalition gay-rights group.

Legislators were assured by the health department that its new rules would continue a ban. But agency officials said even without any ban, it would never be medically necessary to quarantine AIDS or HIV patients.

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