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hiv+ male & possibilities to become a father
Jun 23, 2001

From your questions and answer I understand that hiv+ male could become fathers. but which procedures should the hiv+ male undergo, before he can become a father? Given that his wife is NOT hiv+. Are there "artificial" ways to become a father when one is hiv+, so that one does not danger my wife? for example ivf or something?

Response from Dr. Jackson

Because HIV is in the semen often in large numbers, it is very difficult to be 100% certain that IVF procedures using dirrential centrifugation, cell washing etc, will totally remove all HIV virions before the fertilized egg is implanted. Use of antiretrovirals to reduce your viral load will probably also decrease the risk of transmission. Using these strategies, one can reduce the risk of transmission substantially, but probably will not eliminate all risk.


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