NPR PRESENTS "EVADING THE VIRUS," A SPECIAL DOCUMENTARY ON HIV-POSITIVE FAMILIES TRYING TO HAVE CHILDREN Program Airs September 7 on NPR's All Things Considered®

WASHINGTON, DC - On September 7, NPR's evening newsmagazine All Things Considered presents "Evading the Virus," a 20-minute documentary examining a controversial trend challenging medical ethics: HIV-positive Americans, who were once expected to die within months or years of being diagnosed, are now healthy enough to have children.

"Evading the Virus" is produced by American RadioWorks, a production initiative of Minnesota Public Radio®. Correspondent Stephen Smith spent a year tracking the lives of two couples as they rely on experimental medical techniques to help them bear children without passing on the HIV virus. One story involves an HIV-positive man and his uninfected wife. The other is the story of a couple who both are HIV-positive and already have one HIV-infected child.

"Evading the Virus" demonstrates how the medical and social perceptions of HIV are shifting from that of a terminal disease to a chronic illness. It also documents the ethical concerns still raised by the condition. Against the advice of the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a handful of American infertility doctors and researchers are helping HIV-positive couples conceive, especially those where the man is HIV-positive and the woman is not. The doctors use standard infertility techniques to keep the virus from infecting the woman and her baby.

Please check local radio listings for broadcast times of NPR's All Things Considered, or locate a list of NPR member stations. Audio and text of "Evading the Virus" will be available online after the September 7 broadcast at the American RadioWorks Web site.

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