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October 1998

EDITORIAL

The Joys -- and the Responsibilities -- of Having Children

What every woman with HIV needs to take into consideration, if she is considering conceiving a child
CATHERINE M. WILFERT, M.D.


THERAPEUTIC ADVANCES

Can I Have Children?

Combination therapy can reduce viral load to undetectable levels. Does that reduce the risk of mother-to-infant transmission to undetectable levels?
KIMBERLY Y. SMITH, M.D., M.P.H.


NEWSLINE

NEWSLINE ... NEWSLINE ... NEWSLINE ...

Human growth hormone may help combat "buffalo hump" and "protease paunch" ... Lower dosage of AZT suggested for preterm infants ... Refinement in insemination process may allow HIV-positive men to safely father children ... C-section further reduces risk that mothers with HIV will pass the virus to their newborns ... The relationship between HIV disease and vaginal yeast infections becomes clearer ... Studies document the importance of good prenatal care for pregnant women with HIV ... Loss of the vagina's natural flora may increase the risk of contracting STDs ... Making treatment decisions in children with HIV: Studies reveal some early indicators of disease progression in infants and toddlers ... Friend or foe? Is nonoxynol-9 helping or hurting in the fight against HIV transmission?

Plus: WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU: HIV experts tell you, in clear, concise language, what impact these developments are likely to have on your day to day life.


PULL OUT AND SAVE

Common Gynecological Infections in Women With HIV

Signs and symptoms, accurate diagnosis, standard treatments, alternative therapies, prevention tips, and resources


PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE

The Toughest Decision I Ever Made

How my husband and I approached pregnancy, knowing that I have HIV
REBECCA DENISON


LIVING WITH HIV

What if ...

An advocate for people living with HIV contemplates the past, the future, and motherhood
DAWN AVERITT




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