Getting pregnant naturally
- If, for at least 6 months, the amount of HIV in your blood (viral load) can no longer be detected. If you take your medicines correctly every day, the viral load lowers. After several months, signs of the virus often can no longer be found in a test, and
- If your viral load was checked less than 6 months ago, and
- If you have no other STI and the mucous membrane of your mouth, anus, penis or vagina is not damaged.
If getting pregnant naturally is not possible
If it is not possible to get pregnant in a natural way, there is another option:
If the man has HIV
- A specialist can “wash” the semen to remove the virus .
- The specialist inserts the washed semen into the woman’s uterus with a syringe.
If the woman has HIV
- The egg cell does not contain the virus.
- A specialist inserts the man’s semen into the uterus with a syringe.
Pregnancy and HIV
You can discuss with your gynaecologist whether you can have a natural delivery. Sometimes the baby has to be born through caesarean section.
More health professionals
More information or help needed?
You can talk to a general practitioner about every intimate topic. If necessary, a general practitioner can refer you to a specialised health professional. Refugees who have been granted (temporary) asylum choose a general practitioner in their municipality. Asylum seekers in an asylum seekers’ centre can consult a general practitioner at the centre.
If you are pregnant and have been given a referral, you go to a gynaecologist. The midwife or general practitioner gives you a referral.
As soon as you know you are pregnant, you make an appointment with a midwife in your area. A midwife supports and advises you during your pregnancy, delivery and the period immediately after delivery.
HIV treatment centres
If you have HIV, it is important that you get treated. A list of HIV treatment centres in the Netherlands.
For questions about living with HIV and for contact with other people with HIV.