Biological Family Building for Men with HIV and the Surrogates Who Help Them
Since 2006, more than 100 babies have been born to Growing Generations’ parents with HIV, and that number has been steadily growing each year. Through education, cutting-edge sperm washing techniques, laboratory testing, and preventative medications, we are here to help.
HIV is a long-term manageable disease thanks to many advances in the medical field. To ensure the safety of the surrogate mother and child, all our prospective HIV-positive intended parents undergo a detailed health screening process before creating their embryos. This is designed to ensure that their HIV viral load is undetectable.
The Surrogacy Process
Once you have been admitted to our program, you’ll go through many exciting steps including meeting the surrogate or intended parents you’re matched with. We will connect you with the legal counsel you need and make sure you are medically prepared for your respective procedures. Once all parties have full medical clearance and the legal portion of the process is complete, pregnancy will be attempted.
Pregnancy results usually come back within 10 to 12 days of your first embryo transfer. Within 10 to 12 weeks of pregnancy, you will be released to the obstetrician through the remainder of pregnancy. Once the pregnancy has entered the second trimester, we will make plans with the hospital for the baby’s arrival. The entire surrogacy process usually lasts around two to two and a half years for intended parents, and our expert team will be here to guide you through every step.
Is it Safe to Use Sperm from an HIV-Positive Person to Create Embryos?
Yes. There have been more than 4,000 reported cases of assisted reproduction using sperm from HIV-positive men and not one baby or surrogate have contracted the virus. Every assisted reproduction and HIV specialist we have spoken with has noted that even without the safeguards medical professionals have put in place, it would be virtually impossible for HIV to be transmitted to the surrogate or baby.
Can the Intended Parents Live a Life with the Same Longevity as Other HIV-Negative Parents?
Yes. 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, so bringing a child into a loving home with an individual or couple with or without HIV is essentially the same.
Renowned HIV specialist Dr. Dan Bowers has written a letter to intended parents with HIV and the surrogates who support them.
Read it here
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