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Report finds pregnant HIV+ women sterilized in South Africa

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<p><span class="caps">HIV</span>-positive women in South Africa have been forced to accept sterilization in some public hospitals, according to a report released by the Commission for Gender Equality on Monday. </p> <p>According to the report, doctors in some hospitals have sterilized dozens of women about to undergo cesarean sections. </p> <p>They told them that women with <span class="caps">HIV</span> should not have children and that they risked death if they became pregnant again.</p> <p>Commission President Tamara Mathebula highlights inhumane sterilization conditions and reports of torture. Some victims were encouraged to sign the validation form while in labour. </p> <p>These initial findings involved 42 women and the investigation lasted 5 years. South African Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize has asked to meet with the Chair of the Commission for more details. </p> <p>According to the <span class="caps">WHO</span>, a pregnant woman with <span class="caps">HIV</span> has a 95% chance of giving birth to a healthy child, provided she is on antiretroviral drugs.</p> <p><strong>Reuters</strong></p>
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