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Born Free: dispelling misconceptions about conception and HIV

Lolisa Gibson-Hunte never thought she wanted kids. But now Lolisa, who is HIV positive, and her husband, Daryl Hunte, who is HIV negative, have two children—and both kids are free of HIV.

14 February 2017
Multiple strategies for safer conception need to incorporate couples' preferences

Misunderstandings about serodiscordance and limited understanding of female fertility and male insemination are barriers to couples in serodiscordant partnerships in attempting to practice safer conception methods, according to

03 July 2015
Lesley Odendal
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.

26 June 2014
TIME magazine
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
"How are we going to have a baby? I’m positive and you’re not"

Joanna Moss of the African Health Policy Network (AHPN) looks at conception and fertility guidelines and services for people living with HIV in the UK.

22 October 2012
HIV treatment update
NICE says sperm washing is no safer than effective treatment and timed intercourse

Draft UK guidance on fertility treatment says that sperm washing may no longer be necessary for couples where the man has HIV and the woman does not.

22 May 2012
Roger Pebody
High levels of unmet need for family planning in people with HIV - couples unaware of conception and contraception options

In Kenya, Tanzania and Namibia, just 46% of HIV-positive women and 28% of HIV-positive men have discussed family planning with a healthcare provider, delegates were told at the

26 July 2011
Roger Pebody
First UK use of PrEP for couples hoping to have a child

Pre-exposure prophylaxis is starting to be used in the UK, to help HIV-positive men and their HIV-negative female partners have children together, Yvonne Gilleece told

15 April 2011
Roger Pebody
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.

27 March 2011
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