Canberra--An AIDS policy proposal under consideration in AUstralia would
require testing of every member of the population and permanent
quarantining of anyone who tests positive for the virus. The proposal,
presented to parliament by the Health Minister, is an attempt to develop
a national strategy to curb the spread of AIDS, which has caused the
death of 540 AUstralians in the past 5 years. The nationwide testing
program would cost approximately $860 million, said the proposal.
According to the Green Paper, the absence of effective treatment for AIDS
is justification for quarantine for the entire life of the patient.
Included in the measure are easy access to abortion for infected women,
early release from prison for prisoners suffering from the disease, and
welfare benefits for AIDS patients. Estimates of the number of people in
AUstralia infected with AIDS ranges from 10,000 to 40,000.