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Sep 12, 2010

I am an HIV Positive Female my Husband is Negative, i am on medication since last two years my regime are ( Nevrapine, zidovidine, lamividine)planning for a baby what can be a safe methods, so can be a pregnant and my Husband will remain HIV negative

Response from Dr. Frascino


Yes, it is certainly possible to have a safe pregnancy. There are really two issues to consider:

1. Not putting your husband at risk for HIV. This is best accomplished by artificial insemination. (See below.)

2. Preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission. You will need to work closely with your HIV specialist physician and an HIV-knowledgeable obstetrician. (See below.)

Good luck.

Dr. Bob

Want a baby, husband -ve and I am pos Jun 1, 2008

Hi there,

i am an HIV pos lady(viral load undetectable)and my husband is -ve, we can't afford the cost of IVF. Previously u recommended that my husband takes ARV's as a preventative method before we try conceiving the "natural way". He is not keen on this option. Both my GP and gynae have recommended that we do artificial insemination using a syringe to insert sperm into my vagina. Do u know anything about this method? will this work, been trying for two consecutive months during ovulation with no positive results. Please Advise, i losing hope!

Response from Dr. Frascino


I agree with your GP and gynecologist! Artificial insemination is indeed a safe way for you to become pregnant. It may take multiple attempts (just like the "natural way") to ultimately become pregnant, but these methods do indeed work! Your gynecologist can help advise you the best time to attempt to conceive and instruct you on the artificial insemination procedure.

Good luck!

Dr. Bob

AI for discordant couples Jul 16, 2007

can artificial insemination be done for discordant couples without infecting the baby. My hubby is negative while i am positive.

Response from Dr. Frascino


Yes, in vitro (artificial) insemination is available for serodiscordant couples. This will eliminate the HIV-transmission risk to the uninfected male partner. As for mother-to-infant HIV transmission after conception, you'll need to work closely with an HIV-knowledgeable gynecologist and your HIV specialist. Antiretroviral therapy and possible elective delivery (c-section) will be recommended. These interventions will dramatically decrease the risk of passing the virus on to your infant during childbirth. Breastfeeding will also need to be avoided.

Good luck! How about naming your future offspring Dr. Bob?

Dr. Bob

Unprotected sex on ARV
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