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  • HIV and Pregnancy – Prepared to Care

    Dr Maria Lohan of Queen’s University Belfast describes a web-based educational resource for health care professionals to better understand the care needs of HIV affected women.

    02 December 2013 | Sexual Health Research Network
  • African Commission condemns coerced sterilisation of HIV+ women

    In a landmark pronouncement for women’s rights, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) has condemned the coerced sterilisation of women living with HIV as a blatant violation of their fundamental rights, which are guaranteed under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

    18 November 2013 | Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ontario study calls for pregnancy planning programs for HIV-positive women

    A team of researchers led by Dr. Mona Loufty has surveyed more than 400 HIV-positive women in Ontario about issues related to pregnancy. They found that the rate of unintended pregnancy was high—about 56%.

    06 December 2011 | CATIE
  • UK: Couples 'arbitrarily denied' IVF treatment, say MPs

    The NHS has been is accused of inflicting further misery on childless couples by denying them access to IVF treatment which may be their last chance of becoming parents. Some 73% of health trusts are flouting NHS guidelines.

    07 June 2011 | The Guardian
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