HIV shouldn’t prevent you from becoming

a dad

Starting a family 

Regardless of your sexual orientation, there are different options available for you to start a family. 

Can my partner and I conceive naturally and safely?

Can my partner and I conceive naturally and safely? 

Yes, you can conceive naturally and safely. As long as you are taking your HIV medication and have had an undetectable HIV viral load for more than six months it is okay to try and conceive naturally, as the likelihood of you passing on HIV is significantly reduced. 

As an extra precaution to reduce the risk of passing on HIV to your partner, they may be offered anti-HIV medication to take around the days you have unprotected sex.

Talk to your healthcare team and they can advise the safest way for you to conceive your baby and let you know your options if you are concerned about your fertility. 

What if my HIV viral load is detectable?

What if my HIV viral load is detectable? 

If your HIV viral load is detectable, talk to your healthcare team about the best options available to you.

Positive conversations at the clinic

What if I’m gay?

What if I’m gay? 

If you and your partner are looking to start a family, adoption may be an option for you.

Ask your healthcare team if they have any information they can give you or research adoption agencies in your local area.

What should I ask?

What should I ask?

  • Is it safe for me and my partner to stop using condoms?
  • Are there any lifestyle changes I should make to increase my fertility?
  • What are mine and my partner’s options for artificial insemination?
  • Will my HIV status impact my chances of adopting a child?