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Posted by: thabang | 2010-09-03

pregnancy

my girlfriend ia hiv+ and i am - we would really like to have a child of our own, please advice on the options we have and procedures.

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Dear Thabang

It is important that if your girlfriend is HIV positive then before intending to fall pregnant she should be in a healthy physical state. In addition the best is to have a high CD4 count and an undetectable or an extremely low viral load. If her viral load or CD4 count is high then she may require to gone on to ARV’s to achieve a low viral load. In the presence of a low viral load and a good CD4 count this would then give the least amount of chance of transmission of the virus from the mother to the baby if she does conceive. Once your girlfriend has achieved this goal then it would be important to assess if her fallopian tubes are patent and whether she is ovulating or not. If her fallopian tubes are patent then she may be able to undergo artificial insemination using your sperm to try and achieve a pregnancy.

Answered by: Dr Y.M. Dasoo

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Posted by: Fertility expert | 2010-09-08

Dear Thabang

It is important that if your girlfriend is HIV positive then before intending to fall pregnant she should be in a healthy physical state. In addition the best is to have a high CD4 count and an undetectable or an extremely low viral load. If her viral load or CD4 count is high then she may require to gone on to ARV’s to achieve a low viral load. In the presence of a low viral load and a good CD4 count this would then give the least amount of chance of transmission of the virus from the mother to the baby if she does conceive. Once your girlfriend has achieved this goal then it would be important to assess if her fallopian tubes are patent and whether she is ovulating or not. If her fallopian tubes are patent then she may be able to undergo artificial insemination using your sperm to try and achieve a pregnancy.

Answered by: Dr Y.M. Dasoo

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