Sterilisations even in the era of ARVs

2014-08-05 00:00

THE forced sterilisation of HIV-positive women appears to have continued years after anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs that reduce mother-to-child transmission were introduced.

“It seems to be the case as one of the women claimed to have been sterilised in April,” University of KwaZulu-Natal’s school of law’s advocate Ann Strode said yesterday.

Strode said the woman allegedly sterilised in April was among the 24 who gave statements to the UKZN’s law clinic in Durban last month after advocacy group Her Rights Initiative raised awareness about forced sterilisation on radio.

Strode said it had been initially thought the forced sterilisation had taken place mainly before anti-retroviral drugs were provided by public health facilities.

She said most of the HIV-positive women who were coerced into giving consent to be sterilised now wanted the procedure reversed.

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