Can HIV positive men have a biological child?Yes, HIV positive men can have a biological child. Cutting edge Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) in conjunction with advanced treatment and modern laboratory testing makes it possible for HIV positive man to become a father. Moreover, HIV is a well manageable disease. Antiretroviral therapy is used to control the virus so that HIV positive individuals can live a longer, happier life and enjoy it fully.
At New Life Mexico we strongly believe that men who have HIV should be provided the opportunity to become parents as much as anyone else. With this belief, we have developed very unique surrogacy and egg donation program for HIV positive intended fathers which we have been successfully administrating for years already. To ensure the safety of all parties involved, our intended parents undergo a comprehensive health screening process before being admitted to the program. There are several criteria that HIV positive intended father needs to meet:
- be on antiretroviral therapy
- must submit two serology tests with difference of at least 6 months with undetectable viral load
- the last viral load must not be older than 6 months for the time of sperm washing date
- It is necessary to present a medical resume from the treating doctor (infectious disease specialist) where he/she confirm health status of the intended father and provides his recommendation for accepting into the program
- In addition to all the documents, mentioned above, the results of the following medical tests should be submitted :Semen culture
Mycoplasma in semen
Ureaplasma in semen
Chlamydia in semen
HBV in serum
HCV in serum
Syphilis in serum
HIV in serum
Viric charge of HIV in serum
Once eligibility is confirmed, the intended father is asked to arrive to the clinic to provide his sperm for special procedure called “sperm washing”. Experienced medical professional performs the sperm washing procedure in specially equipped modern laboratory using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) techniques. The sample of the washed sperm is sent to USA laboratory and once it is confirmed to be free of virus, the sperm is then frozen and stored for later use. It usually takes about 20 days to get the confirmation from USA lab. Surrogate mother and egg donor preparation takes two months and is started only after we have confirmation from USA lab that the washed sample of sperm is absolutely fine to use for the program. The program is done with frozen sperm only (that is received after sperm washing) .
Programs available for to HIV-positive intended fathers include the following:
- Surrogacy + Egg Donation (local or international travelling egg donors)
- IVF for HIV negative partner with or without Egg Donation
- Surrogacy with frozen embryo
- All above mentioned programs with PGD for Gender Selection procedure added
Since the procedure is performed at a specially equipped and highly-skilled facility to manage HIV-positive genetic fathers, the surrogacy package fee for HIV-positive patients differs from the standard ones and should be discusses in advance with the program manager.