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Posted by: Ben | 2010-01-12

Getting pragnant with HIV positive husband and HIV negative wife

How can ARVs help in this situation

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Dear Ben

The use of ARVs in your particular situation is important for the following reasons. To decrease the risk of transmission of HIV virus in an IVF cycle then one would use a procedure called ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection). However this procedure should only be used ideally in the HIV positive males when the viral load is undetected.
ARVs are then used in this case to enable to reach that point that the HIV virus is undetectable and therefore an ideal situation to then achieve a pregnancy.

Answered by: Dr Y.M Dasoo

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Posted by: Precious | 2010-02-02

I would like to know what about a situation where both husband and wife are HIV positive and both are not on ARV' s, CD4 count still high like above 500, what should happen in that case if they want to have a child?

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Posted by: Fertility expert | 2010-01-15

Dear Ben

The use of ARVs in your particular situation is important for the following reasons. To decrease the risk of transmission of HIV virus in an IVF cycle then one would use a procedure called ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection). However this procedure should only be used ideally in the HIV positive males when the viral load is undetected.
ARVs are then used in this case to enable to reach that point that the HIV virus is undetectable and therefore an ideal situation to then achieve a pregnancy.

Answered by: Dr Y.M Dasoo

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