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09 October 2014

HIV stigma causing avoidable maternal deaths in South Africa, says Amnesty

The Guardian

Hundreds of pregnant women and girls are dying needlessly in South Africa, partly because of well-founded fears that their HIV status may be revealed during antenatal care, leading to discrimination in their communities and homes, according to Amnesty International.

In a report released on Thursday, Amnesty said that field research in the eastern provinces of Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal showed women’s HIV status was sometimes revealed at antenatal clinics, with staff showing scant regard for patients’ right to confidentiality.

Something as simple as the queue women were asked to join could be enough to reveal a woman’s positive status, leaving her exposed to the stigma that persists around the virus that causes Aids.

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The Guardian