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Women Living with HIV or AIDS and Forced Sterilization

Women living with HIV face particular health and social risks. Having HIV carries stigma, and women living with HIV often experience greater judgment and mistreatment within health services based on their decision to bear children. This may range from denial of care to the imposition of extra fees. Health providers may even question their ability to care for children, encourage them to terminate pregnancies, or pressure them to undergo sterilization.

For use by health practitioners and human rights advocates, this case study examines the role of human rights standards in addressing these problems. It presents real-world scenarios, explores benefits and risks, and poses questions for discussion and debate.

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