Egg Donors & The HART Program

HART-logoYou may have heard about our HART program, which is renowned for helping those living with an HIV+ diagnosis to safely have biological children. As an egg donor, you may be wondering if your eggs will be used as part of this program. You may also have opinions on whether or not this is the type of family that you feel comfortable donating your eggs to in the first place.

Growing Generations is very proud of our HART, HIV Assisted Reproductive Technologies, program. Those chosen to be included in the HART program are required to carry an undetectable viral load and be on a steady medical regimen for an extended period of time. This means that there is next to no possibility that a child conceived with your eggs could contract the virus. In fact, it has never happened. Additionally, new studies have shown that many living with a positive diagnosis can expect a life span similar to their peers living without HIV, as long as they maintain a strict doctor ordered regimen of medications.

During your profile creation phase, you will be asked to carefully consider the different types of families you will be willing to help. The options will include heterosexual couples, homosexual couples, heterosexual singles, and homosexual singles. You will not have the option to disqualify candidates based solely on their participation in the HART program.

Do note that if you chose to exclude any demographic, your profile will never be shown to those falling within those categories. However, you will not know if your eggs have been donated to a participant in the HART program. This information is kept very confidential.

If you have additional questions about the HART program or the donor selection process, you will want to address them during your initial screening and profile building stages.

Dr. Kim Bergman

Kim Bergman, PhD, a licensed psychologist of 26 years, has specialized in the area of gay and lesbian parenting, parenting by choice and third party assisted reproduction for over two decades. Dr. Bergman has created a comprehensive psychological screening, support and monitoring process for Intended Parents, Surrogates and Donors. She is the co-owner of Fertility Counseling Services and Growing Generations and is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the American Psychological Association, the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, the Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association, and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. She is on the national Emeritus board of the Family Equality Council. Dr. Bergman writes, teaches and speaks extensively on parenting by choice. Along with co-authors, she published “Gay Men Who Become Fathers via Surrogacy: The Transition to Parenthood” (Journal of GLBT Family Studies, April 2010). Dr. Bergman’s is the author of the upcoming book, Your Future Family: An Essential Guide to Assisted Reproduction (Red Wheel Press 2019). Dr. Bergman created her own family using third party assisted reproduction and she lives with her wife of 35 years. Her two daughters are in college.