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Reproductive Coercion


The time of diagnosis is traumatic with multiple intersecting factors including choices around wanting to have children. Some women were counselled to have abortions and hysterectomies which many did:

“So I also discovered I was pregnant at the same time that I got HIV. So the advice was to have an abortion I didn’t know what to think. All I knew was I was pregnant. Just that decision, when the doctor said, “You’re pregnant as well and we recommend termination, your baby is going to have HIV and could be deformed.” So they convinced me in a way.”

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