There are four reasons for performing this test:
- Pregnancy may have a negative impact on the health of an HIV+ woman.
- There is risk of transmitting the HIV virus to a child during childbirth and you should be aware of your risk prior to becoming pregnant.
- Although unlikely, there is a theoretical risk of frozen embryos / gamates transmitting the virus to other patient’s embryos/gametes. So to protect all patients, we test everyone before creating embryos.
- The Cayman Fertility Center staff handle body fluids from a large population on a daily basis. Although we always use protective measures to be safe, we would be required to take special precautions with samples from HIV positive patients.
Hepatitis B and C
Hepatitis has similar risks to HIV. Hepatitis is more infectious than HIV, although the death rate is much lower. Both partners should be tested. These tests are also of vital importance for the freezing of couples gametes and embryos.