Surrogacy for HIV-Positive Intended Parents
Growing Generations has offered it’s surrogacy program to HIV positive men since 1996. Since that time, more than 100 babies have been born safely to HIV-positive parents. In the more than 4,000 births of children born to an HIV-positive 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-positive 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-positive 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.