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South African couples living with HIV are missing out on safer conception advice

Clinicians and counsellors may understand the right of people living with HIV to have children, but that doesn’t always mean they agree with their choices, according to

11 July 2013
Laura Lopez Gonzalez
Majority of Italian HIV specialists would prescribe PrEP

Seventy per cent of Italian HIV specialists who answered an online survey would prescribe pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to people in their care who ask for it, at least

21 May 2013
Gus Cairns
Updated NICE guidelines revise treatment recommendations for people with fertility problems

The guidelines include recommendations for couples with HIV. They are essentially unchanged from the consultation version, stating that sperm washing may no longer be necessary for couples where the man has HIV and the woman does not. As long as the man is on effective antiretroviral treatment and unprotected sex is limited to days when his partner is ovulating, “sperm washing may not further reduce the risk of infection.” However the guidance does not support the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) by the HIV-negative partner.

20 February 2013
NICE press release
San Francisco: How men with HIV can safely become dads

Deon and his girlfriend, Caroline, are both being treated at San Francisco General Hospital's Ward 86 HIV/AIDS clinic, through a new program thought to be the first of its kind in the country that caters to straight men who are HIV positive and want to have a family. The program, called Positive Reproductive Outcomes for Men, offers reproductive counseling and care to heterosexual couples, and includes support groups for straight men who are HIV positive.

07 February 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
"How are we going to have a baby? I’m positive and you’re not"

Joanna Moss of the African Health Policy Network (AHPN) looks at conception and fertility guidelines and services for people living with HIV in the UK.

22 October 2012
HIV treatment update
Revised DHHS Guidelines for Perinatal Antiretroviral Use

The new guidelines offer more treatment options for pregnant HIV-infected women and explore the range of options available for safe conception in HIV-serodiscordant couples.

03 September 2012
Journal Watch HIV/AIDS Clinical Care
Namibia court rules HIV-positive women sterilised without consent

In a landmark judgment for patients' and women's rights, the high court in Namibia on Monday ruled in favour of three women who claimed they had been sterilised without their informed consent. But the judge in the capital, Windhoek, rejected a claim that they had been targeted for sterilisation because they are HIV-positive.

31 July 2012
The Guardian
New SOGC guidelines focus on how to help HIV-positive Canadians plan a safe pregnancy

A new clinical practice guideline helps doctors, nurses and midwives assist HIV-positive individuals or couples with their fertility and pregnancy planning decisions.

21 June 2012
Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
NICE says sperm washing is no safer than effective treatment and timed intercourse

Draft UK guidance on fertility treatment says that sperm washing may no longer be necessary for couples where the man has HIV and the woman does not.

22 May 2012
Roger Pebody
Kenya: Doctors who played God

More than 35 HIV positive women are considering taking action against hospitals and their husbands or family members who participated in their sterilisation. They insist that they were sterilised through coercion, and sometimes without their knowledge, because they were HIV positive.

21 May 2012
Daily Nation

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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