Newsfeed : HIV-Positive Women Allegedly Sterilized Without Consent in Namibia

POZ - Health, Life and HIV
Subscribe to:
POZ magazine
Join POZ: Facebook MySpace Twitter Pinterest
Tumblr Google+ Flickr MySpace
POZ Personals
Sign In / Join

Back to home » Newsfeed » June 2010

Most Popular Links
Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

20 Years Ago In POZ

More News

Click here for more news

Have news about HIV? Send press releases, news tips and other announcements to


June 3, 2010

HIV-Positive Women Allegedly Sterilized Without Consent in Namibia

HIV-positive women in Namibia are suing the health ministry for allegedly being sterilized by their doctors without informed consent, BBC News reports. The women seek 1 million Namibian dollars ($130,000) in compensation from the health ministry.

According to the article, the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a human rights group representing the women from the southern African country, has found 15 positive women who were sterilized since 2008.

When HIV-positive women go to the hospital, doctors sometimes advise a sterilization operation, but patients aren’t always given a clear understanding of the procedure, and dangerous pre-existing conditions aren’t always taken into account, said LAC’s Amon Ngavetene.

“We want a health system based on human rights which promotes equality for all,” he said.

Sit-ins where the sterilizations took place and marches are scheduled in support of the women’s case.

Search: Namibia, Africa, HIV, women, sterilization, hospital, doctors, Legal Assistance Centre,

Scroll down to comment on this story.


(will display; 2-50 characters)


(will NOT display)


(will display; optional)

Comment (500 characters left):

(Note: The POZ team reviews all comments before they are posted. Please do not include either ":" or "@" in your comment. The opinions expressed by people providing comments are theirs alone. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Smart + Strong, which is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by people providing comments.)

Comments require captcha.
Please enter this number for verification:

| Posting Rules

Show comments (0 total)

[Go to top]

Facebook Twitter Google+ MySpace YouTube Tumblr Flickr Instagram
Quick Links
Current Issue

HIV Testing
Safer Sex
Find a Date
Newly Diagnosed
HIV 101
Disclosing Your Status
Starting Treatment
Help Paying for Meds
Search for the Cure
POZ Stories
POZ Opinion
POZ Exclusives
Read the Blogs
Visit the Forums
Job Listings
Events Calendar
POZ on Twitter

Ask POZ Pharmacist

Talk to Us
Did you participate in an event for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2016?


more surveys
Contact Us
We welcome your comments!
[ about Smart + Strong | about POZ | POZ advisory board | partner links | advertising policy | advertise/contact us | site map]
© 2016 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved. Terms of use and Your privacy.
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.