Can people with HIV have kids? Everyone certainly has the right to have children, including people with HIV. HIV (human immune deficiency virus) disease causes a decrease in body resistance so that a person is more prone to contracting the disease, but this disease does not cause a decrease in fertility.
Therefore, a person with HIV can still have offspring. Now the question is, can people with HIV have kids. Can a partner where one of them is HIV positive have healthy or HIV negative offspring.
Before discussing how to have healthy offspring, we should first discuss how not to infect a healthy partner because as we all know HIV can be transmitted through intimate contact even though the normal process of conception must be through intimate contact.
Tips not to transmit HIV to healthy partners
- The highest risk of HIV transmission is when there is contact with blood, that is why anal intercourse (anal) is most at risk because the risk of blisters is very large. For that intercourse only through the vagina and you should use the aid of lubricants to avoid injury.
- Perform fertility checks on both men and women to make sure they are both fertile and can have offspring. Here’s the information: Infertile or not, do a fertility check.
- If the results of a normal examination, you should use a condom to prevent the risk of transmission even though it is not 100%, but using a condom can prevent pregnancy. Therefore, having sex without a condom should only be during the fertile period, where if you have regular menstrual periods for 28 days, the fertile period occurs around 12-14 days before the date of your next menstruation. Here’s information about how to calculate your fertile period: Calculating your fertile period after menstruation. Apart from the fertile period, you should have sex using condoms.
- Another way is to enter the sperm fluid manually with a plastic tube where the sperm fluid is excreted through masturbation and inserted into the uterus, but this method is not comfortable to do.
- Routine consumption of ARV drugs (antiretroviral) continuously on a regular basis in people with HIV. ARV drugs cannot kill the HIV virus in the body. Regular treatment, the amount of virus (viral load) in the body can be reduced as much as possible so that the amount of HIV virus in the body is very minimal. With a small viral load, the risk of HIV transmission will be even smaller. Viral load can be known through blood tests.
- Take HIV prophylactic drugs in HIV-negative partners.
- Routinely control the doctor.
HIV testing during pregnancy
If you are successful in getting pregnant, then make sure beforehand whether the mother is HIV positive or not. HIV-positive mothers can transmit their babies during pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. Therefore, during pregnancy, it is necessary to regularly check for HIV, and if it is positive, routine ARV treatment is needed. And delivery is preferably by cesarean section, and after birth, the baby is given preventive drugs (prophylaxis). With good handling during pregnancy, it is very likely to have a healthy baby.
For complete information about can, people with HIV have kids. You can get direct counseling on the VCT poly (voluntary counseling test). The poly will be given complete information and proper handling.