The burden of infertility among HIV-positive couples in South Africa: The available evidence

D Basu, J K Basu, G T H Ellison


Most of the 5 million HIV-positive South Africans are in the reproductive age group. The current infertility rate in this group is 15 - 20%, and it is likely that a substantial proportion of offspring are HIV positive. Given the implementation of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), expectancy and quality of life, including reproductive aspirations, are raised. However, the prevalence of infertility among HIV-positive South Africans remains unknown.

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D Basu, Johannesburg Hospital University of the Witwatersrand

J K Basu, Johannesburg Hospital University of Witwatersrand

G T H Ellison, London Metropolitan University

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HIV, Infertility

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South African Medical Journal 2010;100(6):354-356.

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Date submitted: 2008-11-28
Date published: 2010-06-01

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