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There is some data from the late eighties that was published, however, it would no longer be applicable to the care provided today.
One important fact to think about when discussing survival time is the impact of newer treatments now available for patients with HIV. Experts have already seen a major decrease in the number of children hospitalized and the number of children dying in the past two years since the discovery and availability of newer therapies. These treatments may change the overall survival of all people with HIV, including the rapid progressing group. Experts will learn more will learn more about this when these treatments are for a longer period.
We thank you for your question. On 4/23/98 at a local radio station (WNYC), there was a report about the process of sperm washing. Below is a brief excerpt from the report. You may also order the transcripts or listen to it for detailed information.
Sperm Washing: A Boston researcher, Ann Kiessling, at Harvard University, Boston Infertility Clinic, has applied for permission to use a technique known as sperm washing to assist HIV-positive men and their uninfected female partners (serodiscordant partners) to become pregnant and have children. She has financial support, a laboratory ready to do the treatment and is in contact with couples who might decide to undergo the treatment. This technique has been used for several years in an Italian clinic. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants more evidence that the technique is safe for the woman and child. Minnesota Public Radio's Stephen Smith. (12:00)
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