Magic, a man living with HIV, and Annie, his HIV-negative partner, talk with Dr. Cori Blum, a family practice provider, about safer conception. Annie and Magic want to know, “What can we do to make the risks as little as possible?” Dr. Blum provides information on TasP (Treatment as Prevention), which is a form of prevention where the partner who is living with HIV maintains an undetectable viral load. Next, Dr. Blum tells them about PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis), a pill that the negative partner takes once a day to prevent HIV transmission. Annie asks, “What comes with PrEP?” She also tells them about Assisted Reproductive Technologies (sperm washing + Intrauterine Insemination/In-Vitro Fertilization). Magic is curious about possible ways the baby could get HIV, and Dr. Blum explains about sexual and vertical transmission (chance the virus would be passed to the baby). Annie says, “I think we are ready.”

This film is part of a reproductive justice video series created as a collaboration between HIVE,

AIDS Foundation of Chicago

and MHPPPI.

 

 

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