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How would you go about getting pregnant if both parents are positive?
Apr 6, 2000

If both the parents are hiv positive, how would the women go about getting pregnant. Would it have to be IVF? Or because both are positive could they have sexual intercourse?

Response from Dr. Jackson

If both parents are HIV positive, there is no evidence to indicate that the infant is more at risk of being HIV infected if sexual intercourse was the means of conception. However, there is the possible, but relatively small risk with sexual intercourse that either partner may become infected with the other's virus which may have treatment consequences if one were to be infected with a more virulent virus or a virus that may be resistant to certain antiretrovirals. One could potentially minimize this risk if each partner's viral load were undetectable with treatment. If IVF is used then this risk is minimized.

Brooks Jackson, M.D.


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