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  • Is HIV Transmission Risk Really Near Zero If HIV+ Heterosexual Partners Are on ART?

    Serodiscordant heterosexual couples in which the positive partner has been on combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) for more than 6 months may have an HIV transmission risk as high as 13 per 100,000 sex acts -- but the risk could also be zero -- according to an estimate based on a systematic review described in the April 9 online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases.

    23 May 2014 | HIVandHepatitis.com
  • NHS organisations ordered to stop denying couples infertility treatment

    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has criticised GP-led clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in England for betraying the NHS's guiding principle of access to treatment by operating a "postcode lottery" on IVF. NHS bodies in England and Wales are supposed to offer three cycles of IVF to infertile women up to the age of 40, but the policy is widely ignored.

    15 May 2014 | The Guardian
  • As mixed-status HIV couples weigh risks, more choose to conceive the old-fashioned way

    Couples in which one or both partners are HIV-positive have been using adoption, surrogacy or donor eggs or sperm for years, but those avenues are often in­cred­ibly expensive. Today, some doctors are endorsing intercourse without a condom as another option, provided the infected person’s viral load is low and the person takes medication regularly.

    25 April 2014 | Washington Post
  • HIV and Pregnancy – Prepared to Care

    Dr Maria Lohan of Queen’s University Belfast describes a web-based educational resource for health care professionals to better understand the care needs of HIV affected women.

    02 December 2013 | Sexual Health Research Network
  • African Commission condemns coerced sterilisation of HIV+ women

    In a landmark pronouncement for women’s rights, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) has condemned the coerced sterilisation of women living with HIV as a blatant violation of their fundamental rights, which are guaranteed under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

    18 November 2013 | Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa
  • Updated NICE guidelines revise treatment recommendations for people with fertility problems

    The guidelines include recommendations for couples with HIV. They are essentially unchanged from the consultation version, stating that sperm washing may no longer be necessary for couples where the man has HIV and the woman does not. As long as the man is on effective antiretroviral treatment and unprotected sex is limited to days when his partner is ovulating, “sperm washing may not further reduce the risk of infection.” However the guidance does not support the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) by the HIV-negative partner.

    20 February 2013 | NICE press release
  • San Francisco: How men with HIV can safely become dads

    Deon and his girlfriend, Caroline, are both being treated at San Francisco General Hospital's Ward 86 HIV/AIDS clinic, through a new program thought to be the first of its kind in the country that caters to straight men who are HIV positive and want to have a family. The program, called Positive Reproductive Outcomes for Men, offers reproductive counseling and care to heterosexual couples, and includes support groups for straight men who are HIV positive.

    07 February 2013 | San Francisco Chronicle
  • Revised DHHS Guidelines for Perinatal Antiretroviral Use

    The new guidelines offer more treatment options for pregnant HIV-infected women and explore the range of options available for safe conception in HIV-serodiscordant couples.

    03 September 2012 | Journal Watch HIV/AIDS Clinical Care
  • Namibia court rules HIV-positive women sterilised without consent

    In a landmark judgment for patients' and women's rights, the high court in Namibia on Monday ruled in favour of three women who claimed they had been sterilised without their informed consent. But the judge in the capital, Windhoek, rejected a claim that they had been targeted for sterilisation because they are HIV-positive.

    31 July 2012 | The Guardian
  • New SOGC guidelines focus on how to help HIV-positive Canadians plan a safe pregnancy

    A new clinical practice guideline helps doctors, nurses and midwives assist HIV-positive individuals or couples with their fertility and pregnancy planning decisions.

    21 June 2012 | Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
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