Fertility Options for HIV+ Patients
Advances in medicine have greatly improved the quality of life and outlook for men with HIV, enabling them to live long, healthy and productive lives including the ability to have children of their own. For over a decade we have been working with the Special Program of Assisted Reproduction (SPAR) of the Bedford Foundation to help our patients with HIV to have children. SPAR is an international program designed to protect wives, surrogates and babies from becoming infected during fertility procedures that use sperm from men with HIV.
A recent review of the world’s medical literature on assisted reproduction for men with HIV summarized results from over 8000 insemination cycles and over 1200 IVF cycles using a special sperm wash to prepare semen specimens from men with HIV, with no reports of viral transmission to recipients of the washed sperm or the babies.