I am HIV positive, could the disease affect my ability to become pregnant?

I am HIV positive and my partner is negative. We've been together for close to one year now. The first time we wanted to have sex I told him that I would like for us to use a condom, but he refused. He doesn't know my status and has been pressuring me to have a baby with him. Will HIV affect my ability to become pregnant? Also, how do I tell him the news? We've been having unprotected sex and I haven't been able to conceive.

Answers from doctors (2)


South Florida Institute For Reproductive Medicine - Pembroke Pines

Published on Mar 16, 2016

I’m sorry you are in such a difficult situation. First, you must tell your partner about your HIV status. You are putting him at risk by having unprotected sex with him. The longer you hide this from him, the more upset he will be when he finds out the truth. Second, you should see your doctor to ensure that your viral load is undetectable before conceiving. This will minimize the risk of passing HIV to your baby. Finally, it sounds like you need an evaluation by a reproductive endocrinologist, since you have not used contraception in the past year and have not conceived. HIV does not cause infertility, so it is likely that there is another issue preventing you from conceiving.

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Answered by South Florida Institute For Reproductive Medicine - Pembroke Pines

I’m sorry you are in such a difficult situation. First, you must tell your partner about your HIV status. You are putting him at risk by having unprotected sex with him. The longer you hide this from him, the more upset he will be when he finds out the truth. Second, you should see your doctor to ensure that your viral load is undetectable before conceiving. This will minimize the risk of passing HIV to your baby. Finally, it sounds like you need an evaluation by a reproductive endocrinologist, since you have not used contraception in the past year and have not conceived. HIV does not cause infertility, so it is likely that there is another issue preventing you from conceiving.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Cleveland Clinic

Published on Mar 15, 2016

You would need to contact an infectious disease physician for an answer to this question.

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Answered by Cleveland Clinic

You would need to contact an infectious disease physician for an answer to this question.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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