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Minnesota Public Radio presents The Fertility Race Part Five: HIV and Fertility by Stephen Smith






Evading the Virus
Being diagnosed with HIV used to mean a death sentence, but new drugs and sophisticated treatments now allow HIV-infected people to live a normal life - and that includes having children.

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Experimental HIV Program
MPR News Feature
Text, Audio

Supreme Court Ruling
A report on the June 25, 1998 decision that people with HIV qualify for legal protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Text, Audio

The Supreme Court text of Abbott v. Bragdon

Fertility Race Home
Access to other installments in the series.





NOT SO LONG AGO, a positive HIV test seemed like a death sentence. HIV almost invariably led to AIDS, and AIDS was almost always fatal. Now, some people infected with HIV are living longer, healthier lives than once expected thanks to new drug therapies that keep the virus at bay. This means that some HIV-infected Americans are pursuing a dream they once thought off-limits: having children. The new drugs extend life but do not eliminate the risk of getting HIV from unprotected sex. An unusual new program in Boston aims to help HIV-positive men and their uninfected female partners have a baby without passing along the virus.

New Options
Charley and Barbara consider having a baby for the first time.
Infertile Because of HIV
The Assisted Reproduction Foundation seeks to help serodiscordant couples.
Washing Away the Virus
A new procedure may reduce the risks of HIV transmission to mothers.
High-Tech May Lower Odds
Ann Kiessling's mobile clinic has created new options for patients.
Difficult Decisions
Harrison and Lilly are realistic about the possibilities.

May 4, 1998


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[CPB] [Kaiser Family Foundation]

Major funding for "The Fertility Race" is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, with additional support from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.