Articles tagged with: HIV and pregnancy

Breastfeeding with an undetectable viral load: what do we know?

published: March, 07, 2017 Written by // Megan DePutter Categories // Social Media, Women, Health, International , Megan DePutter

Megan DePutter on why undetectable does not equal untransmittable in the case of breastfeeding, but why women should be supported to make an informed choice anyway

Breastfeeding with an undetectable viral load: what do we know?

I’m not a mother and sometimes I think that when it comes to breastfeeding I should just keep my big trap shut. I have started and stopped this blog so many times. But I’ve decided to write it and here’s why. I don’t think women are given enough information about breastfeeding. And I don’t think their choices are respected enough. I believe that women should be empowered to make their own choices about breastfeeding and they should be supported – not policed – in these decision

“Stupid HIV”: life's regrets

published: June, 22, 2016 Categories // Women, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Neg woman Poppy Morgan and her poz husband have been trying to have a second child. It’s not working. “And” she says “I can't find it in myself to be OK about it”.

“Stupid HIV”: life's regrets

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about our situation, and starting to come to terms with the possibility that we may not have another child. Despite our efforts, it’s just not happening.  My daughter is three, and I feel like I've failed her by not giving her a sibling. I want her to grow up with someone to play with, someone to feel connected to, and someone to share her childhood story with. But it’s probably not going to happen. I'm so sad about it.  She is a miracle, and I

An HIV-positive male’s journey to fatherhood

published: January, 28, 2016 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Joshua Middleton

Joshua Middleton’s quest for fatherhood has had its challenges but, he says, “ I want to let everyone know that having a child when HIV-positive is completely possible.”

An HIV-positive male’s journey to fatherhood

One of the biggest joys and responsibilities of life is bringing another human into this world. It’s a surreal experience that can be filled with joy, anxiety, and fear. Finding out your partner is pregnant can bring even the strongest man to his knees in tears; it’s an emotional out-of-body experience. There are so many unknown factors and risked involved to begin with but what happens when you throw HIV into the mix? As an HIV positive heterosexual male it was one of the biggest worries

Time to heal

published: November, 05, 2014 Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Women, Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Poppy Morgan recalls the difficult 14-year journey that finally led her to PrEP - and her first child with her HIV-positive husband

Time to heal

Flashback to August 14, 2012 where I'm in the bathroom looking at a positive pregnancy test, and surprised by the first emotions that are welling up inside of me. Not joy. Not elation.  Not excitement. But BITTERNESS. SADNESS. REGRET. A sense of deep regret that it took 14 years to end up where the journey first started...with the idea of taking a pill to reduce risk associated with exposure to HIV. I felt (and still feel) that the medical community failed us. And said failure was caused to

Security of PrEP

published: October, 23, 2014 Categories // As Prevention , Women, Sexual Health, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Poppy Morgan has been undecided whether or not to use PrEP to conceive her second child with her HIV-positive husband. What did she decide? Read on.

Security of PrEP

Well, when it came down to it...I couldn't do it. I couldn't have unprotected sex to try to conceive, without PrEP. My husband was always a bit apprehensive about it, but I insisted that I felt comfortable and confident that my risk was practically non-existent. (I still think my risk is practically non-existent, but that's different from entirely non-existent)  For those who don't know what PrEP is, it is a new HIV prevention strategy for HIV-negative individuals (like myself), who are exp

All-American Truvada family

published: September, 19, 2014 Categories // Women, Sexual Health, Health, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Another post from HIV Negative Spouses, a blog for HIV negative women that have HIV positive spouses and would like support around this issue comes this entry about the pros and cons of using Truvada as PrEP

All-American Truvada family

My husband and I are thinking about having another baby.  So, I will need to find a doctor to prescribe me Truvada. But this has got me thinking....do I want to start PrEP indefinitely regardless of if we're trying to get pregnant? I don't know. I keep going back and forth between Me on Truvada, and Me Without Truvada. Me on Truvada: I think I'd feel uneasy about using Truvada alone for HIV prevention purposes. And I'm not sure how my husband would feel about it....probably more uneasy tha

Safer sex works in different ways

published: November, 27, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Women, Sexual Health, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Married serodiscordant couple Michèle and Mic don’t use condoms anymore. They trust HIV medications to prevent HIV transmission. Here is their story.

Safer sex works in different ways

This article originally appeared on the website of Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe here. It was translated into English for the European Day of Multilingual Blogging  Michèle and Mic enjoy their little disagreements. This is often the case with couples who have been happy together for a long time. There are one or two issues that always lead to a debate. When exactly they decided to stop using condoms is one question on which they don’t exactly see eye to eye, for example. “We talked about it in b

High rates of HIV testing among pregnant women in Ontario

published: December, 27, 2012 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Women, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific , CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

Good news from CATIE: “The widespread availability of potent combination anti-HIV therapy (commonly called ART or HAART) has greatly reduced deaths from AIDS-related infections in Canada and other high-income countries.”

High rates of HIV testing among pregnant women in Ontario

This article first appeared on the CATIE website here. Une version française est disponible ici.  The widespread availability of potent combination anti-HIV therapy (commonly called ART or HAART) has greatly reduced deaths from AIDS-related infections in Canada and other high-income countries. ART improves the health of HIV-positive people by reducing the production of HIV and allowing the immune system to begin to repair itself. The power of ART is such that researchers and doctors incre