As in the previous version, people with HIV are not excluded from access to fertility treatments, such as intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilisation (IVF). Moreover the authors have removed a previous recommendation that the implications of the parent’s HIV infection for the child’s welfare “should be taken into account”.
The writing group reviewed in detail the scientific evidence for different methods that a couple could use to become pregnant, where the man has HIV and the woman does not. Previous guidance recommended sperm washing, but the experts also looked at the evidence for effective antiretroviral treatment and for pre-exposure prophylaxis.
“The evidence showed that whilst sperm washing did not appear to completely eliminate the virus in the semen on the basis of post-wash testing of prepared semen, the procedure appears to be very effective in reducing viral transmission in that no cases of seroconversion of the woman or the baby has been documented,” they found.
*Join IRMA’s robust, highly-active. moderated, global listserv addressing rectal microbicide research and advocacy as well as other interesting new HIV prevention technologies by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Joining our listserv automatically makes you a member of IRMA – a network of more than 1,100 advocates, scientists, policy makers and funders from all over the world.
*Also, please note that shared news items from other sources posted on this blog do not necessarily mean IRMA has taken any position on the article’s content.