|HIV negative for unborn baby
Dec 25, 2004
I am HIV positive; my wife is HIV negative we like to have a baby. If she gets pregnant by me, what is the percentage that my wife and the unborn baby will get infected with the HIV virus? Is there any treatment or study to reduce the change of my wife and the unborn baby get infected?
| Response from Dr. Pierone
The average risk of transmission of HIV from an HIV positive man to an HIV negative woman from unprotected intercourse is about 5% per year. If the woman becomes pregnant and does not acquire HIV infection in the process, then there is no risk of transmission to the infant. If the woman contracts HIV the risk of transmission to the infant is about 25% if no HIV medications are taken by the mother and less than 1% if a cocktail is taken.
So the main risk is to the woman trying to become pregnant. One strategy to lower this risk is sperm washing and artificial insemination. This has been successfully done in Europe for years and is now being done in some centers in the United States.
Here is a link to an article in Positively Aware that reviews child-bearing resources for couples interested in having children. Best of luck to you.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- What Are The Odds Of A Pregnant Woman Passing On Hiv To Her Unborn Child?
- How Can Hiv Be Harmful To An Unborn Child?
- If A Man Is Infected With Hiv Can He Pass It On To His Unborn Child?
- What Percentage Can I Pass Herpes To My Unborn Child?
- Chances Of Getting AIDS From Vaginal Secretions
- Chances Of Getting HIV From Anal With Condom
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.