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
Taking Truvada (tenofovir/emtricitabine) as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) until shortly after conception of a child appears safe.
03 December 2014 | POZ
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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