Why not isolate AIDS?

Isn’t it supposed to be the worstest, most deadliest disease ever in the history of Mankind? Perhaps TB is simply too dangerous to be fully unleashed on the planet.

South Africa may forcibly isolate patients being treated for a highly drug-resistant form of tuberculosis to prevent new infections from spreading on the AIDS-hit continent, health officials said.

“Holding the patient against their will is not ideal but may have to be considered in the interest of the public,” Ronnie Green-Thompson, a special advisor to the Health Department, said in a statement.

A new study out this week urged South Africa to consider mandatory isolation to control extreme drug resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB), which has killed at least 74 people in the country since 2005.

The ironic thing is that those inclined to support a forced quarantine of AIDS patients would probably be accused of “homophobia”. Because, everyone who really, really hates gays wants to prevent them from contracting a deadly disease.

Now, perhaps it’s just not a big deal anymore because people can live with AIDS thanks to the pharmaceutical companies. But in that case, why are we supposed to pay any more attention to it than we do to diabetes or high blood pressure?