From Dreams To Reality: Biological Family Building
Through Egg Donation For Men With HIV
Since 2006, Growing Generations has been providing a service allowing men with HIV to become biological parents through surrogacy. Over the past eight years, more than 60 babies have been born to parents with HIV in the Growing Generations program and that number is steadily increasing each year.
The HART Program
Now, Growing Generations is proud to announce a new program with the aim of expanding the number of people we can help.
The HART (HIV Assisted Reproductive Technologies) service utilizes assisted reproductive technologies so that men who have HIV, regardless of their sexual orientation, can become parents.
Thanks to current medications, HIV is now a long-term manageable disease. All of the intended fathers who wish to participate in our program go through an extensive health screening process before being admitted. This is designed to ensure that their HIV viral load is undetectable so that they can become parents without posing any health risk to the surrogate mother or the child.
Is it safe to use sperm from an HIV-positive person to create embryos?
Yes. The goal of this program is to take every step possible to ensure the health and safety of the surrogate and the intended parent’s child by utilizing the very latest advances in assisted reproduction techniques, laboratory testing and preventative medications.
In more than 4,000 reported cases of assisted reproduction using sperm from an HIV-positive person, there has been no case of transmission to the carrier of the baby or the baby. In fact, every medical professional we have spoken with who is an expert in HIV or assisted reproduction believes that even without the safeguards our medical professionals have put in place, it would be virtually impossible for an HIV infection to occur.
Read a message from renowned HIV specialist Dr. Dan Bowers:
Can the intended parents live a life with the same longevity as other non-HIV positive parents?
Yes. All of the intended parents who participate in our program go through an extensive health screening process before being admitted to the program. This is designed to ensure that their HIV viral load is undetectable and that their health status is acceptable.
HIV is now a long-term manageable disease with current medications able to completely control the virus for a full lifetime. National studies now calculate the life expectancy of those with and without HIV to be nearly identical.
Bringing a child into the loving home of an individual or couple with HIV is essentially no different than bringing a child into any loving home.