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Hi everyone, I am just wondering how high my CD4 should be before trying to get pregnant?

 I am positive and my husband is negative. What are the best methods to get pregnant so as not to cause any risk to my husband.

What are the important things to consider when wanting to get pregnant and when pregnant. I am taking meds and never miss them.

We really long to have a baby but want to do things right for everyones sake.

thanks xxx

For pregnancy, the most important thing is that you're undetectable.  Transmission of the virus to the baby happens pretty much either at the time of conception or the time of delivery.  Being undetectable at the time of delivery almost completely eliminates the chances of transmitting the virus to your baby.  In my research, I was unable to find a case where a woman had transmitted HIV to her fetus where she was undetectable both at the time of conception and at the delivery.  In case where the woman was not undetectable at the time of conception, well under 1% of those women ended up giving HIV to their babies.

I'm not sure about the cd4s.  My doc didn't mention anything about it back when I conceived my first in 2010 or when we tried again for #2 this year.  My impression is that the main thing is being undetectable.

As for protecting your HIV- hubby, this is not something I had to deal with because my hubby is also poz.  If you want to eliminate the risk of him getting it 100%, you might try some form of artificial insemination (i.e. "turkey baster" method).  It's expensive if you go through the doctor's office, but I believe it's easy enough to do at home.  I know some couples just try naturally because the risks of transmission to the male partner are extremely low, esp if you're undetectable, but that would have to be something you both are on board with because the risk is definitely not zero.

Thank u so much for your advice, how was your pregnancy? I already have 2 daughters but they are much older so all this is completely new to me. my cd4 is on the low side so having a baby now is out of the question but my viral load is undetectable. would it be ok to add u to my buddy list for the future for advice. x

As the other poster mentioned in terms of protecting you neg hubby, I'm actually in the opposite boat, I'm negative and my SO is positive. He originally came into the relationship with the idea that our only option was IUI or IVF, but from my research and talking with my doctor, it's not necessary, transmission female to male is lower than male to female and even we got the go ahead that putting me on PrEP and us TTC naturally would be no issue when the time comes so long as his VL is undetectable.  I would suggest just talking with your doctor, but know that TTC naturally shouldn't be an issue so long as your VL is undetectable.

We had a doc speak at our support group the other day and he said that you could use a turkey baster. Did not sound like fun, but I guess it works.

Good luck!


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