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10.15.10 - Women account for roughly 50% of the 33.4 million people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide. Although the total percentage of women living with HIV/AIDS has stabilized in the last few years, individual countries, including Chile, continue to see a rise in women's rates of infection.
Social and cultural factors continue to expose Chilean women to a high risk of contracting HIV, and HIV-positive women in Chile encounter significant barriers to quality, acceptable healthcare, including reproductive healthcare. The experiences of the women interviewed in this report, along with anecdotal reports, indicate that the practice of coercive and forced sterilizations, as well as other discriminatory treatment in the healthcare sector, persists.