Helping Uganda’s HIV positive Women Avoid Unplanned Pregnancies

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KAMPALA - Contraception is the second pillar of preventing mother to child HIV transmission but one that is often neglected in Uganda, although, at an average of six children per woman, the country has one of the world’s highest fertility rates.
Women trying to cope with HIV also struggle to get the “right and correct information” on family planning, says Dorothy Namutamba, of the International Community of Women living with HIV/AIDS Eastern Africa.

Women may face violence at home for being HIV positive and for using contraception, only to be further mistreated when they turn to health workers, says Namutamba.

In the worst-case scenarios, some HIV positive women have undergone coerced sterilisation. (END//2014)

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