nursing and midwifery - text



Summary of key points

  • Reproductive desires and choices are a primary concern following heterosexual diagnosis of HIV
  • HIV adds to the complexity of reproductive decision-making
  • Effective treatment and management can greatly reduce the risk of transmission to sexual partners
  • Preconceptual counselling should include a discussion on the risks and benefits of different choices for conception
  • Individuals' negotiate risk by balancing biomedical understanding (viral load) with broader social expectations and desires