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2009.09.07 14:32:54
amelb

Is it morally ok for HIV+ mothers to decide to have children, given the fact that even with prevention -of-mother-to-child (PMTCT) there is still a 1% or 2% chance that the baby might be born with the virus?



  
 

Girma
2009.09.17 15:49:00

This is a very good question. But for me the answer is very simple. Yes it is more than ok to have children even if there is 1 or 2 % riks. But that could be said to babies born by HIV- mothers argumenting that there is a chanche that baby may be born with complications or DNA-related diseases that will effect the baby´s healt overall. Therefor the question is not if it is morally ok but if the parents in the question are good parents who will love and take care the baby. This goes to all parents, regardless HIV- or HIV+.

 
 
Mulush
2009.09.18 02:38:48

I think it is morally wrong to risk something, especially when the consequence that might follow is not for yourself but for a third person. A women who is HIV+ and pregnant might think the risk is worth it for her but what right does she have to decide for her baby if he or should also live with HIV for the rest of their life? i don't think the baby would thank his mother for it And even in cases of DNA related diseases, surely if parents knew that its a possibility before they had a baby they should decide not to have it?!

 
 
Girma
2009.09.18 21:32:53

The chances are as been said between 1 and 2 % therefor there is aleast 98 % chance that the baby will not get HIV, had the chances for the baby to get HIV been higher maybe then parents hould consider the choice. But As said 98 % of getting it right outdoes the 2% risk. SO yes it is ok to have a baby even if the mother in question is HIV+.

 
 
abi
2010.01.27 06:14:37

I don’t think it is wrong for an HIV+ woman to have kids. However, it is important for the mother to take the necessary measures (treatment) to protect the baby’s health. The issue of the baby’s risk of contracting HIV from the mother is as is, however, I don’t see the question of moral necessary in this scenario. I say this because I want to compare the risk of HIV MTCT (mother to child transmission)with the risk of syphilis MTCT (congenital syphilis). Syphilis has a 2% risk of MTCT during pregnancy with treatment. If untreated it can cause extensive damage to the baby’s bones, teeth, vision, hearing and mental development. The baby can also develop brain seizures and experience delayed mental development and slowed physical growth. 12% of newborns infected with congenital syphilis eventually die from the disease. There are other high risk and Sevier diseases that can be transmitted from mother to child yet there is no moral talk concerning those. So I can’t help but wonder why there is such scrutiny against people with HIV and their personal decisions.

 
 


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