Aug 6, 2010
I am a male, 22 years old and I live in Holland. I got diagnosed with HIV in september 2008 and I started taking medication in May 2010. I am currently using Atripla. I am in a relationship now which is going well, my partner is very understanding and supportive. But is there any way that we could have a child together, without it having HIV?
Thank you for your answer.
Response from Dr. Young
Hello and thanks for your post from Holland.
Yes, it's entirely possible to have a healthy child-- there are a number of strategies, most center on having you on treatment (as you are) with an undetectable viral load. In these circumstances, either sperm washing, pre- or post-exposure prophylaxis (for your partner)following unprotected intercourse, can lead to a pregnancy without HIV transmission. So long as your partner doesn't acquire HIV, there's absolutely no risk to the baby.
I hope this helps. Please feel free to write back anytime.
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