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People Living with HIV Can Safely Choose Parenthood

A family medicine physician argues for reproductive justice for people living with HIV. "I have seen women who travel hundreds of miles for their pregnancy care because no provider in their community is comfortable pregnant women with HIV. I have seen patients go out of their way for their medical care because they fear disclosure in their community if they see a provider for their HIV care closer to home."

Published
01 December 2017
From
Poz
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.

Published
03 May 2016
From
ThinkProgress
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.

Published
03 December 2014
From
POZ
HIV Did Not Stop Me From Having a Biological Child

On Monday, April 15, 2013, at 8:00 a.m., my life changed forever. My wife, Kasiah, and I welcomed our first child, a healthy girl named Finley Elizabeth Banks, into this world. She was perfect. But the journey to have a healthy, HIV-free biological child began many years before Finley’s birth.

Published
26 June 2014
From
TIME magazine
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.

Published
25 April 2014
From
Washington Post
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.

Published
07 February 2013
From
San Francisco Chronicle
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.

Published
31 July 2012
From
The Guardian
Fertility treatment can use semen from men with HIV

Fertility treatments can be done safely and effectively in couples where the man is infected with the AIDS virus and the women isn't, according to a new review of past studies.

Published
27 March 2011
From
Reuters
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Issues Guidelines on Care for HIV-Infected Women

The guidelines cover the recommended health screenings, counseling, and routine gynecologic care for women with HIV/AIDS.

Published
23 November 2010
From
Medscape
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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