Our research explored the reproductive desires of HIV-negative women and their HIV-positive partners who underwent assisted conception based on sperm-washing and intrauterine insemination in Italy. Twenty-two semi-structured interviews were conducted with former patients (6 women, 5 men and 11 couples). Desire for children, perceived risk from treatment and acceptability of the insemination technique were some of the issues explored. Participants had the treatment for a mean duration of 3.5 years, with a mean number of cycles of 5.3. They were highly motivated to conceive a biological child to bring purpose to their lives and strongly desired options to conceive safely. Most rejected spontaneous conception. Those who successfully conceived reported a positive impact on their quality of life, fulfilling their desire to be parents and restoring their sense of "normalcy". Participants strongly supported extending assisted conception services to all HIV negative women living with HIV positive partners who wished to become pregnant and felt that withholding such treatment was not ethically justified. They perceived assisted conception services to be a safe and effective alternative to spontaneous conception, and felt the society has a moral obligation to provide such services.
|Titolo:||Safe conception for HIV discordant couples through sperm-washing: experience and perceptions of patients in Milan, Italy|
SEMPRINI, AUGUSTO ENRICO (Ultimo)
|Parole Chiave:||HIV sexual transmission ; HIV serodiscordant couples ; sperm-washing ; assisted conception ; Italy|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/40 - Ginecologia e Ostetricia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2008|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/S0968-8080(08)31342-1|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|