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Positive man Negative Woman
May 26, 2005

I am sorry if this question has been asked, but i did not find the answer goes! I am a positive man married to a negative woman. we use condoms, but want to have children. I am on antivirals with a zero viral load, healthy otherwise. can we ever have children without her becoming positive? Can we do it with my sperm - naturally? what is the risk? will she become positive if i cum inside her and she becomes pregnant? sorry to be blunt.



Response from Dr. Sullivan

If you are HIV infected and have unprotected sexual intercourse there is always some risk of infecting your partner; that risk is very small if your blood viral load is undetectable but the risk is not zero; there are physician specialists who have been very successful working with discordant couples[male infected/female uninfected] with a technique called sperm washing allowing for successful pregnancies without transmission of HIV to the partner or the baby; you should ask your HIV physician to provide you with information about these specialized programs;JLS.

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