What is the HART Program?
HIV Assisted Reproductive Technologies (HART) is a program that offers people who are HIV+ the possibility of using their own sperm for the egg donation and/or surrogacy process. It is also available to clients with other viral infections including hepatitis C.
The program was first offered in 2006. Since that time, more than 60 babies have been born through the HART program. In the more than 4,000 births of children born to an HIV+ parent using their sperm to create embryos, there have been no babies or gestational surrogates that have tested positive for HIV as a result of the surrogacy.
Prior to collecting the sperm used to create an embryo, the HIV+ sperm contributor must have had at least six months of an undetectable viral load (<48) and be on a stable medication regimen which has not been changed during that time period.
Once the sperm donation has been collected it is medically washed as an additional safeguard before being used to create the embryo. Due to the medical “cocktail” of drugs that most HIV+ patients take as well as the undetectable viral load, the chances of an HIV transmission to the person carrying the pregnancy or to the newborn are incredibly rare.
The entire process of banking sperm for use in egg donation and/or surrogacy can be completed within 1-3 months depending on the patient’s viral load count. Growing Generations will be with you every step of the way during this time, always available to answer any questions you come across during your journey. Surrogates who choose to enter into this program are informed and aware of any additional tests or medications she may need to take along the way as a precaution.
The HART program does the one thing that Growing Generations does best- it grows families. HART opens door to parenting that many patients believed had been previously closed. HART offers hope for a future family to these clients.