Q and A

Question

Not on treatment, can I have kids?

I’m 29 yrs old I have been living with HIV from since the age of 19. I have an 8 year old daughter. I only took AZT when I was pregnant. Is it possible for me to have other children?

Answer

Answer: Lisa Thorley

Thanks for getting in touch.

Being positive shouldn’t be a barrier to you having children. However, so that the risk of transmission is reduced it’s very important that you take ARVs. For more about HIV and pregnancy, please see here:

http://i-base.info/guides/pregnancy

You mention that you haven’t been on meds since you were pregnant, is there any reason for this? I’m asking as its recommended that everyone who is positive should be on ARVs. This is more important if your CD4 is low. Are you aware of what yours is?

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