This self-insemination technique is suitable for HIV positive women whose male partner is HIV negative and is a simple process that can be done in your home.
You will need to make sure that neither you nor your partner has a sexually transmitted infection before trying it.
This is best done when you are ovulating (your fertile period). It is best to try the technique several times during your fertile period. You can find out more about how to know when you are ovulating on the NHS Choices website and find a tool to check your fertile days by putting the words “ovulation calendar” into a search engine on the internet.
An alternative method is for you and your partner to have sex together, using a male condom. After sex, withdraw the penis from the vagina with the condom still on. Then take it off, and use a syringe to transfer the semen to your vagina. If you use this technique, make sure that the condom doesn’t contain a spermicide.
The healthcare team at your clinic will be able to provide syringes and information on how to calculate and recognise when you are ovulating.
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