|pregnant and negative?
Feb 21, 2003
If a HIV+ man makes love to a HIV- woman, and a woman becomes pregnant from this intercourse, can she still remain uninfected?
| Response from Mr. Kull
Yes, although the woman would be putting herself at significant risk for infection. A person isn't always infected when being exposed to HIV, but having unprotected sex with an HIV infected person really challenges the odds.
One study demonstrated that 33% of sperm samples from a sample of HIV positive men contained HIV RNA. So, it is possible to become pregnant without the infant or the mother being infected, but there is a considerable risk.
Sperm washing, the process of separating out uninfected sperm from semen, continues to be researched and practiced in some areas (it's more popular in Europe than the U.S.).
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