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End Sterilization of HIV-Positive Women, Court Rules

The High Court of Kenya at Nairobi ruled that coerced sterilization of HIV-positive women is a violation of their human rights.UNAIDS supported the decision in a press release, where Executive Director Winnie Byanyima said, “This decision is an important step in protecting the sexual reproductive health and rights of women living with HIV.”The judgement comes after an HIV-positive Kenyan woman was coerced by professionals at a health facility to remove her ability to have children. This operation, without consent, was found to be a violation of her rights.Women with HIV who adhere to antretroviral treatment have less than a one percent chance of passing the disease to their baby, but stigma and ignorance on the subject persists.The plaintiff in the Kenyan case said in a statement that, “This was never about the money.

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