At New Life Mexico, we assist people with HIV in creating their families and becoming parents through utilizing the latest advances in Assisted Reproductive Technologies and the special technique of sperm washing. We are proud to be one of the pioneers in the fields of surrogacy and egg donation, offering service to people in need and striving to take every step possible to ensure the safety and health of both child and surrogate mother.
We are happy to provide the following programs (with sperm washing) to HIV-positive intended fathers:
In order to ensure the safety of our surrogate mothers and a future children, all HIV positive intended parents go through a rigorous health screening process. We ask HIV-positive intended parents:
Since the surrogacy procedure is performed at a specially equipped and highly-skilled facility, the surrogacy package fee for HIV-positive patients differs from the standard one.
Sperm washing is a special procedure of washing the semen from an HIV positive man for the purpose of using it for IVF. It was first performed in 1992. It involves the isolation of sperm cells from the rest of the semen since HIV floats as free viral particles and does not appear to infect sperm cells. Our ability to measure the amount of HIV in the blood (the viral load) and using the first three-drug regimens to suppress HIV to undetectable levels enables us to select intended fathers with the lowest risk of having HIV in their semen. This unique technique reduces the risk of HIV transmission to the surrogate mother and consequently the unborn child.
Researchers have reported high success and safety levels with sperm washing. In 2007, researches published retrospective data from the network of the Centre for Reproductive Assisted Techniques for HIV in Europe (CREAThE), consisting of eight fertility centers in six European countries. Together, the centers performed a total of 3,315 cycles of assisted reproduction, including more than 2,000 cycles of IUI with washed sperm, without a single case of HIV transmission. Moreover, studies involving couples (one HIV positive and one HIV negative) have concluded that an HIV positive individual on antiretroviral therapy with an undetectable viral load is not sexually infectious, i.e. cannot transmit HIV through sexual contact (Swiss Federal Commission for HIV/AIDS, 2008).