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Forced sterilisation of HIV+ women in focus

A study has revealed 498 cases of forced or coerced sterilisations in parts of the country.

Picture: Freeimages.com.

JOHANNESBURG - As South Africa hosts its seventh annual Aids conference, the forced sterilisation of HIV positive women has again been brought under the spotlight.

A stigma index presented at the gathering in Durban has revealed 498 cases of forced or coerced sterilisations in parts of South Africa.

The Eden District Municipality in the Western Cape has been identified as the region with the highest number of reported cases.

A woman has told Eyewitness News about her forced sterilisation at a KwaZulu-Natal hospital.

"I don't remember signing papers to go to the theatre to decide if they should sterilise me."

Hundreds of other women have confirmed that they were either forced or coerced into giving consent to a sterilisation because of their HIV status.