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Comment on CDC Correcting Misleading HIV Conception Guidance, Responding to Community Pressure

August 18, 2017

Contact: Andrew Lee,, 703.302.1075
Cathy Renna,, 917.757.6123

Today, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), under significant pressure from the HIV community and medical professionals, issued a striking update to their recent guidance on conception and HIV.

As noted by Heather Boerner, contributing editor to, in "CDC Corrects Misleading HIV Conception Guidance, Responding to Community Pressure":

"Unlike the previous conception guidance issued in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) at the beginning of June, the new guidance issued today ("Effects of Antiretroviral Therapy to Prevent HIV Transmission to Women in Couples Attempting Conception When the Man Has HIV Infection -- United States, 2017") quotes data from HIV trials showing that treatment alone can prevent HIV transmission when couples with mixed HIV status desire to have a baby."

JD Davids, director of partnerships for released the following statement:


"Here's the bottom line: People with HIV have every right to conceive and raise kids with no fear of HIV transmission across partners or generations. The vast majority of those on effective treatment have suppressed the virus, meaning they are not at risk of sexual or perinatal transmission of HIV. And, a daily pill of anti-HIV medication taken by HIV-negative people virtually eliminates their own HIV risk.

"We were, frankly, shocked and appalled to see a CDC guidance rife with outdated and misleading information that implied otherwise. Today, CDC has not only corrected these errors but also released an updated analysis that shows respect for both the strength of the data and for people living with HIV.

"Now, they need to bring all their materials and activities into concordance with today's simple truths about HIV, which is preventable and treatable in ways unimaginable decades ago. People with HIV -- and the public at large -- desperately need this information, as stigma, misinformation and discrimination remain abysmally high."

The full story can be read here.

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