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hiv- woman & hiv+ man want to have a baby
May 22, 2000

Hello. I am an hiv neg woman wishing to have a baby with my hiv+ husband. I read your answer to 'Hiv+man, HIV- woman, IVF' and I found out that my egg could be harvested, fertilized and returned in me. I understand it is not completely risk free, but willing to go for it. Now, my question is, who could i contact about this? And do you know what this would cost?

We are willing to do anything to have this baby, and in fact we've been waiting for him to get undetectable and try the usual means and take the risk, but after hearing about this I'd really like to hear more about it. My husband's cd4s are 616, and viral 1900. We've also been trying to find a doctor who would perform a sperm wash but have been unable to find one. We heard there could be someone in Boston, but do not know who to contact either..Please please help us. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Laura

Response from Dr. Jackson

I do not know where you live, but Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD has an In Vitro Fertilization program run by Dr. Jairo Garcia. I know that the program has not performed such a procedure for an HIV discordant couple, but he is willing to consider it. Obviously such a procedure would require your informed consent and most likely the approval of the Johns Hopkins Institutional Review Board. The cost of such a procedure varies and I suggest you call Dr. Garcia's office directly at 410-955-7570 and tell him that I referred you.

Brooks Jackson, M.D.


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