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  • Contraception, conception and pregnancy

    Becoming a parent of a healthy, HIV-negative child is now a very realistic option for many people with HIV. However, you may want to plan when pregnancy...

    From: Booklets

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  • HIV and having a baby

    Women living with HIV can have healthy pregnancies and give birth to healthy babies without passing on HIV. Most of the advice for women with HIV is...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Having a baby

    Lots of people with HIV have had babies without passing on the infection. To do so, you need some help from your doctor.If you are...

    From: The basics

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  • Conception

    All women have the right to make their own choices around fertility, regardless of their HIV status. You should expect and receive the same level of support...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Life goes on

    In some countries, not everyone who needs HIV treatment can get hold of it. Likewise, in the UK 20 or 30 years ago, effective HIV treatment didn’t...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Options for conception

    For many people with HIV, having a healthy, HIV-negative child is an achievable goal. For women with HIV, effective HIV treatment and care reduce the risk of...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Sex

    All too often, relationships between people of different HIV status are thought of only in terms of sex and the risk of HIV transmission. Yes, sex is important to...

    From: Living with HIV

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  • Having a baby

    With the right treatment and care, it's possible for an HIV-positive woman to have a healthy baby. Find out more in this section....

    From: Living with HIV

    Information level Level 2
  • HIV & Pregnancy

    Personalised information about having a baby. (Smartphone version available.)...

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  • HIV-Positive Women in Uganda Are Being Sterilized Against Their Will

    A 2013 report by the National Forum of People Living with HIV/AIDS Networks in Uganda (NAFOPHANU) found that at least 11 percent of women living with HIV/AIDS were forcibly sterilized. A 2015 report focusing on such coercion from Uganda-based NGO International Community of Women Living with HIV Eastern Africa (ICWEA) revealed that forced sterilization and coercion — which includes women being given money and misinformation or being intimidated by a health worker — continues in the country.

    03 May 2016 | ThinkProgress
  • South Africa: Almost 10 percent of HIV-positive women report forced sterilisation

    South Africa’s first national HIV stigma index has found that seven percent of HIV-positive women surveyed reported being sterilised against their will and about 40 percent reported contraception was a pre-requisite of accessing antiretrovirals (ARVs).

    10 June 2015 | Health-e
  • Conceiving a Child on Truvada as PrEP Appears Safe

    Taking Truvada (tenofovir/emtricitabine) as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) until shortly after conception of a child appears safe.

    03 December 2014 | POZ
  • How PrEP Helped One HIV-Negative Woman Become a Mother

    All Poppy Morgan of San Francisco wanted was to see her husband, Ted, reflected in their child's face. Unfortunately, for many years, this could not be a reality. Ted was HIV positive, and Poppy could not find a way to conceive safely. After many disappointments, including a brief hope for sperm washing that was quickly dashed, Poppy found pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

    26 November 2014 | The Body
  • Magnetic Love and Making Healthy Babies - Carolina's story

    Carolina describes her use of pre-exposure prophylaxis in order to have a baby with her HIV-positive partner.

    02 October 2014 | My PrEP Experience (blog)
  • 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
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