This may be one of the saddest myths to persist to the present day. Mother-to-child HIV transmission has been all but eliminated in resource-rich areas of the globe, and aggressive programs are afoot to end the phenomenon worldwide. Meanwhile, effective, tolerable HIV meds are making it possible for parents to watch their children grow to adulthood and beyond.
This is excellent news, yet many outside the HIV community have no idea it's true. Whether you're an HIV-positive man or woman, and whether you're part of a mixed-status relationship or one in which both you and your partner are living with HIV, there are a number of options available for you to safely have a baby without transmitting HIV to your partner or your child.
Warren Tong is the senior science editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com. Follow Warren on Twitter: @WarrenAtTheBody.
Comment by: jonathan
(New York, NY)
Fri., May. 29, 2015 at 10:20 am UTC
"HIV does not discriminate"
If that was true, the CDC would show equal per-capita infection rates among populations. In fact, the statistical differentials between populist are huge.
Comment by: Lenny juncewski
(Minneapolis mn )
Thu., May. 28, 2015 at 11:23 pm UTC
Is a longer life span what we're really looking for in somebody who has AIDS or HIV. The quicker we eradicate the disease the better off humanity will be in the long run. Unfortunate to catch aids, yes but let's not proliferate the disease. by extending the life span of a carrier of the terrible virus
Comment by: Barbara
Mon., Oct. 24, 2011 at 11:52 am UTC
Oral sex can be problematic when both parties are HIV+ and have gingivitis or periodontal disease and exchange fresh blood from bleeding gums.
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