by Anne Statton
We all know that some gay men either have babies, want to have babies or are involved in a vajayjay situation that could result in a baby.
There is this taboo we’ve seen and heard about where positive folks think that people are judging them for wanting to have a baby when there is a community of HIV/OB providers out there who would love to talk to couples who would like to plan a pregnancy and make sure that everyone is healthy and conception takes place in a way that is healthiest for both parties regardless of HIV status.
A lot of docs who see men who identify as gay might never raise the baby question, and gay men might feel weird or that their orientation would be questioned if they asked about pregnancy. Not to mention the stigma that bi folks suffer and often would prefer to be identified as one or the other than endure the stigma of disclosure.
I remember long talks with our beloved late advocate Hector Gonzalez who really wanted to have a baby. We talked about logistics, what would be involved, etc. and it really brought him some comfort to know that he could safely consider having a baby and that there was a community of providers that would support him and his partner in that decision, whenever he was ready.
--- Anne Statton is Executive Director Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative
[Check out the Illinois Perinatal HIV Hotline website for all kinds of info on pregnancy and HIV.]
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