Women living with HIV in Namibia and South Africa have reported being forcibly sterilised after healthcare workers discovered that they were HIV positive. But how does forced sterilisation happen? One woman tells her story of narrowly escaping the procedure.
Two HIV-positive Namibian women who allege they were sterilised against their will in public hospitals are seeking redress through the courts, the first of more than 20 known cases, according to the International Community for Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW).
Johanna Ncala was a medical technologist when she tested herself for HIV in 1993. At the time, treatment was not available in South Africa and for many, the diagnosis was tantamount to a death sentence. More than a decade later, Ncala reflects on love, life, pregnancy and HIV in this 2008 interview.