There can be a risk small, but still a risk of the two partners somehow creating a new or different strain of HIV if they engage in unprotected sex. This would, of course, subject the fetus to the infection and current therapies may not be effective. It is not recommended for two partners with HIV to have frequent, unprotected sex. Generally, an HIV patient is considered to have AIDS when an opportunistic infection occurs one that would normally not affect someone whose immune system is not compromised , or when the CD4 count the cells that help fight infections goes below This article is not about AIDS and is not intended to provide medical information or a diagnosis.
Because HIV still has no cure, if you enter into a long-term relationship with somebody who has this condition, you should understand that there may be health issues in the future. In recent years, HIV is not quite considered the death sentence it once was, but it is still a disease that can shorten life and in its advanced stages, it can change the quality of life or mobility of someone who has it. So, however, can many other diseases.
We are all human and we are all vulnerable to illnesses. Your partner with HIV is no different from the rest of the world in that regard. This article is intended for information only and is not designed to diagnose or treat a specific condition.
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To comment on this article, you must sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. This hub is very informative! I'm looking forward for a cure on this disease. Hopefully it will be that soon! It sounds like you've had to process a lot of information in the past few days. I will keep you and your baby in my prayers. I'm sure your medical team has already started helping you find appropriate pre-natal care; ask them to refer you to a clinic in your area that specializes in 'high-risk pregnancies' don't let that term scare you; it just means they know how to handle pregnancies that fall outside of the norm.
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You will find caring, supportive people, and they can assess your own situation and what options are best for you and the baby. If you having read it yet, check out the article I wrote on HIV and pregnancy it discusses whether there's a risk of miscarriage, but it has some good, basic information and links about being pregnant when you have HIV.
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I'm sending you prayers and hugs. The story of the couple in the three videos is so heartwarming - I know the path ahead will be challenging at times, but it's wonderful to see some ways to manage the health condition as well as risks to partners. Best of luck to you, and my prayers are with you! Thank you for the information. I now know that my decision to continue with the relationship really is worth it. Special note to 'Joy,' - thanks for reading and commenting. I admire your journey.
Unfortunately, site guidelines do not permit us to approve comments that are promotional and include links such as you've added to yours. Hi, Misty - I appreciate your comment here - I feel the same way. Interestingly, the poll results on this hub show that many people are open to dating someone with this condition. Once they understand it is manageable, and that you can have a future and a family, people begin to feel differently. Thanks, Scott - HIV is definitely a manageable condition in our era, thankfully.
I just hope we soon see the day where it is not considered an evil thing to have, and people are not ostracized because of it. Thanks so much for your kind feedback, Steg! It means a lot to me when someone not familiar with the condition feels they've learned from the hub! This is an awesome Hub. Honestly, I don't have HIV nor do I know anyone that does to my knowledge but this article fascinated me all the same. Hi, Vicky - thanks for reading and commenting.
Every year, there's more and more progress in helping people live normal lives with this condition. Thank you so much, Kimberly; I appreciate your kind words! It's heartwarming to know how learning about the facts makes a difference in the way people feel about this condition. It contains great information that I had never thought about before. Hi, Iguidenetwork - thank you for reading and for your kind comments.
I agree - everyone deserves love, and it speaks well of those who are able to accept others who live with challenges and share their life with them. Many thanks, NornsMercy, for your thoughtful comments here. I truly hope the stigma over HIV fades in coming years and people realize it can affect anyone. Yes, persons afflicted with HIV also deserve love not just from a lot of people Voted up and awesome. I don't think it would be appropriate to bash such a wonderful and informative hub.
People look down on those with HIV but tons of people have unsafe sex everyday--they're just dodging bullets while others have been hit. I'm so gratified by the positive comments here - I confess I worried about bashing, but the overwhelming supportive attitudes here have been heartening. I strongly believe this is one of many topics that people need to understand and, I hope, learn not to judge. Thanks for your sweet comments! It is extremely well researched and professional. Your voice here will no doubt help so many people understand the truth about HIV and diminish many of the unnecessary fears.
Hi, Nare - I appreciate your comments. Wouldn't it be great if people opened their hearts and minds to learn more about this subject? This is really really informative. I had learnt much about HIV before too and I am glad you reminded. Many people will find this useful and even change their opinions.
Hi, jasmith - thanks so much for your kind comments.
I agree; we need an informed world that will allow everyone to have a fulfilling life. Thanks for stopping by! Very informative hub - it is good to put the facts out there for people to raise awareness and understanding. Hi, Prasetio - you make a good point about people avoiding what they don't understand.
Thanks for reading and commenting here. I know that most of people will avoid with someone who infected with HIV, moreover dating with them.
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We should give them support. I learn many things here, including the video. Rated up and useful! Thanks for reading and commenting, J. Matthew - your comment reminds me of one of the saddest patients I saw while working at the clinic. A beautiful, young year-old girl had discovered she was infected through a boyfriend.
I hope she was able to find a partner who understood her condition and accepted her for the beautiful young woman she was. Hi, Nell - thanks so much for commenting here. I agree, this disease and its related issues were on the front burner only a few years ago, and sadly, many young people think it is no longer a concern. Many thanks for sharing!
This is very well researched and written Marcy! It's weird because yesterday I was watching a documentary about a young girl who became infected with HIV after shooting just one adult movie. She found out 2 days after the shooting that one of the cast members was infected. A few weeks later she tested positive. Great of you to post such valuable information that can be helpful for people. Voted up and shared! Hi, Marcy, a very well documented information hub about this sometimes forgotten disease.
It's a fact that many people these days totally forget about it, we had some really good information videos back in the s, but these days it seems to have been put on the back burner so to speak, great information and something that everybody should read, especially young people, voted and shared, nell. Many thanks, Kittyjj - I so appreciate your comments!
It can help prevent disease, and also help mitigate the stigma that still comes with that diagnosis. Thanks so much for sharing this information! Your hub is very informative. I love the way you used subtitles throughout your hub. Voted up and useful. Hi, alocsin - thanks for sharing your insight. I've known couples as well, and they've learned to adapt well and are able to enjoy happy relationships. Many thanks for your comments! It's fairly easy to avoid HIV transmission if you take some common-sense precautions. I know couples that have been in relationships for years where one is HIV-positive and the other is negative.
A good hub for those in the dating scene. Voting this Up and Useful. Many thanks, homesteadbound - it is an emotional topic for so many people. I appreciate your kind comments! This was an interesting and well researched article. You did so well at staying very well grounded on such a sensitive subject! This question sure is a debatable one but you nailed it, my friend! Thanks, Jenubouka - I agree with you; I hope for a cure, too - and it is wonderful to see how far progress has come since this first came to our attention.
I appreciate your comments! You have done a well-informed and sensitive article on this subject. No doubt there are many who can understand and appreciate the importance of being knowledgeable and proactive in these cases. It is a reality these days and we can not be ignorant about it, nor cease our lives. I think this carries great hope and truths on the matter. I still hope for a true cure for this. I believe it is out there. I can't really add anything to what Doc said.
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I've never been in this situation, but your hub has definitely given me some points to ponder. I think some of them still wear those things, adjkp! I can see why they need protection during some procedures, I guess. I'm glad we don't have the terror of those years, but I do think some people have become more complacent than it's appropriate to be at this point.
Thanks for your comments! I remember how scary HIV was when I was growing up. I even had a dentist that wore a huge plastic shield during extractions in case blood would splatter, his words. No wonder I wouldn't open my mouth when I was eight. Thanks so much, TahoeDoc - and oh gosh, I remember those days; I'd forgotten the stories about bleach. How fortunate we are that medicine has progressed to where it is now. There's still no cure for diabetes, but people live with it, and perhaps the world will one day consider HIV in the same manner.
Factual, informative, easy to read and sensitive to those infected. For a while, they were really ostracized and treated badly by society. There was so much fear about this disease and so much misinformation about how it was transmitted hand-shakes were avoided and how to cure it I had a patient try to inject bleach IV since bleach could destroy the virus. I'm glad we've come so far and articles like this will help not only those infected, but society in general, to understand these issues.
You mention that your girlfriend is taking meds. Being on treatment and having an undetectable viral load dramatically reduces the chance of your girlfriend passing HIV onto you.
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In response to your question, it is possible for you and your girlfriend to have a baby without you catching HIV. There are a number of options available to couples like you. The simplest option is just to conceive normally. In your partner has an undetectable viral load, you will not be at risk. As with any planned pregnancy it is good to talk to your doctor for best ways to conceive. For example knowing the best times. Ovulation takes place in the middle of her monthly cycle, about 14 days before her period.
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Your girlfriend may also find it helpful to read the guide as it answers a lot of general questions around HIV and pregnancy. The information in this answer was updated in January from a post in March Your email address will not be published.
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Can we have a baby? She had boyfriends before we met and they never got infected. How do we make this happen without me getting infected? I really love this woman. Angelina Namiba Firstly it is really good that you love and support and want to start a family with your girlfriend. Can you please confirm whether you were referring to her CD4 count or her viral load. Good luck with your future plans. Hi Love lovea, Please can you send more info?