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An HIV Family
By Stephen Smith, American RadioWorks
September, 1999

An HIV Family
An HIV Family

Conceiving Ryan

ew medications that control HIV have helped many people with the disease live dramatically healthier lives. With improved prospects for longevity, more and more couples with HIV want to start families. But most American adoption agencies won't accept them as clients.

So these couples face a difficult choice: should they try to conceive a child and risk passing the virus to the baby? Is it fair to the child to be born into a family where one or both parents has a serious illness? A small but growing number of scientists and doctors are helping couples like these get pregnant, using experimental medical techniques that promise to reduce substantially the risk of passing on HIV.

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