Becoming a Surrogate Father as an HIV+ Man
At Growing Generations, we believe that men who have HIV deserve the opportunity to become fathers as much as anyone else. With this in mind, in 2006 we developed a service specifically designed to help men with HIV become fathers. With our help, more than 50 children have been born to parents with HIV, and each year that number is steadily growing.
The HART Program
Our unique HART (HIV Assisted Reproductive Technologies) service uses cutting edge assisted reproduction techniques combined with laboratory testing and preventative medications, so that HIV+ men have the chance to become parents.
Because of advances in the medical field, HIV is now a long-term manageable disease. To ensure the safety of the surrogate mother and the child, all of our prospective HIV + intended parents undergo a detailed health screening process before being admitted to the program.
The Surrogacy Procedure
As an intended father, once you have been admitted to our program at GG, and we get to know you, we will match you with an egg donor, if needed, and the right surrogate mother. For the legal part of the process, we will medically prepare the donor, or intended mother, and the surrogate mother for the procedure and a pregnancy will be attempted within a few weeks.
Pregnancy results usually come back within 10 to 12 days. Within 10-12 weeks of pregnancy, your surrogate will be released to her personal obstetrician. Once the pregnancy has entered the second trimester we will make plans with the hospital for your baby’s arrival. The entire surrogacy process usually lasts around 15 to 20 months and our expert team at Growing Generations is here to guide you through every step.
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:
For Intended Parents
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.