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Swaziland debates sterilisation of HIV patients.

Authors
  • Ahmad, K
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Lancet
Publisher
Elsevier BV
Publication Date
Jul 22, 2000
Volume
356
Issue
9226
Pages
321–321
Identifiers
PMID: 11071200
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

In Swaziland, a legislation was proposed by some members of the parliament that calls for mandatory sterilization of the country's HIV-infected citizens. The bill tabled by Sikakadza Matsebula and Timothy Buthelezi, calls on the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to introduce urgently the legislation to control the spread of HIV. To this effect, the country's parliament will hold a debate over the implementation of such a legislation. Opposition argues that instead of controlling the spread of the virus, such a program will further increase its spread because people would not get tested for HIV. Arthur Caplan of the Center of Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania warns that such a policy would violate the human right to reproduce, and may actually increase the risk of HIV transmission if the consequences of sexual intercourse are removed. In addition, Pamela Sankar also from the Center for Bioethics, says the proposal is medically and ethically unsound and urges people to speak out against it.

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