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Hello, 1st time poster - sorry if it's not the correct section. I've been with my partner for 12 years and we've been trying to conceive for about 6/7 years. I have PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) which is why we have struggled.
Around 18 months ago, the situation got too emotionally demanding with invasive medical procedures and stress on our relationship. We separated for about 6 months and stopped treatment. My partner slept with somebody during this time so obviously before we got back together, we both got tested. My tests came back negative but he was diagnosed with HIV.
So, after another period of separation and independent counselling, we are back together for about 7 months now. We've devided to resume trying for a baby. My question is, how? We always have safe sex now so how would I get pregnant?
My partner is in good health, low viral load and is taking Atripla meds and his consultant suggested sperm washing? I am seeing my consultant in a couple of months, where he will put me on a fertility drug called Clomid.
What exactly is sperm washing and how does it 'get' to me? Or are there other methods, apart from potentially risky intercourse? Also, as I have PCOS, how will this affect my chances? Considering we were previously trying for so long, I have this fear that my chances are now 0%.
My partners consultant couldn't give much help with the PCOS side of things and I am too anxious to wait to see my specialist so any information I receive now will be very useful.
Finally, I'd like to ask, do people think we are being irresponsible or selfish for wanting a child? Please be sensitive and diplomatic with any answers.
Thanks in advance.
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