Non-consensual sterilization of women living with HIV.

Authors: Rowlands, S. and Amy, J.J.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/30414/

Journal: International Journal of STD & AIDS

Publisher: SAGE

ISSN: 0956-4624

Women living with HIV are stigmatized and discriminated against. They often wish to have children, but they are subjected to the practice of forced (involuntary) sterilization in at least 27 countries under the guise of protecting maternal health and preventing the birth of infected infants. Some women are not asked to give consent, or a third party consents on their behalf. Others are given insufficient information or fed misinformation. The circumstances under which such women have been asked to sign consent forms for sterilization include fear, coercion, intimidation and undue influence. Courts have been clear that such practice is a breach of human rights. But, so far, it has not been formally declared in courts that such practice constitutes discrimination. More needs to be done in terms of education, sanctions against those who carry out this practice and help for victims.

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Authors: Rowlands, S. and Amy, J.-J.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/30414/

Journal: Int J STD AIDS

Pages: 956462418758116

eISSN: 1758-1052

DOI: 10.1177/0956462418758116

Women living with HIV are stigmatized and discriminated against. They often wish to have children, but they are subjected to the practice of forced (involuntary) sterilization in at least 27 countries under the guise of protecting maternal health and preventing the birth of infected infants. Some women are not asked to give consent, or a third party consents on their behalf. Others are given insufficient information or fed misinformation. The circumstances under which such women have been asked to sign consent forms for sterilization include fear, coercion, intimidation, and undue influence. Courts have been clear that such practice is a breach of human rights, but, so far, it has not been formally declared in courts that such practice constitutes discrimination. More needs to be done in terms of education, sanctions against those who carry out this practice, and help for victims.

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