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Assisted Reproductive Technology for Men and Women Infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1

Anthony Al-Khan, Jose Colon, Vidya Palta and Arlene Bardeguez

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 36, issue 2, pages 195-200
Published in print January 2003 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online January 2003 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/344955
Assisted Reproductive Technology for Men and Women Infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1

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In 2001, the World Health Organization reported 4.3 million new human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections in adults globally, 41% of which were in women. During the year 2000, 27% of newly diagnosed HIV infections in the United States occurred in women. In developed countries, the perception of HIV infection has changed from an acute, lethal infection to a chronic illness; the introduction of highly active antiretroviral therapy has decreased morbidity and mortality, and new drug therapies have dramatically decreased perinatal transmission. In view of these advances, some HIV-infected individuals are considering reproduction. Following the lead of organizations in other developed countries, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has recently endorsed the use of reproductive technology in HIV-infected patients. Which patients should be offered assisted reproduction and what the optimal methods are of decreasing heterosexual and perinatal HIV transmission must be determined.

Journal Article.  4886 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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