FCLV offers fertility treatment for HIV+ men, including surrogacy
Advances in medicine allow our Las Vegas surrogacy experts to offer fertility treatment for HIV+ men. Thanks to highly active HIV drugs (HAART), most people with HIV can manage the disease like any chronic condition to lead healthy and normal lives. They can even become parents using fertility treatments that include surrogacy.
Fertility treatment for HIV+ men help patients become parents
Our Las Vegas surrogacy experts always put safety first. When providing fertility treatment for HIV+ men, we work with the Bedford Research Foundation in Boston. The team there has developed a technique using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays to detect the HIV virus in semen. This process has four distinct stages.
- Evaluate the HIV-infected male partner. The patient will schedule an appointment to provide information about when he became infected, his current health and his antiviral therapy. All of this information will remain confidential.
- Collect two HIV undoable specimens. A specialized PCR assay for HIV will determine the semen viral burden. It does so by detecting free virus particles (HIV RNA) in seminal plasma and virus infected cells (HIV proviral DNA). The Bedford Research Foundation Clinical Laboratory in Massachusetts is where specimen collection occurs.
- Test the semen samples for HIV, wash the sperm and freeze it. This process occurs in the laboratory. The Bedford Research Foundation ships frozen sperm with an undetectable viral burden to our Las Vegas surrogacy experts for in vitro fertilization (IVF).
- Undergo IVF. With or without surrogacy, IVF using the sperm is the last step of fertility treatment for HIV+ men.
This process protects partners, gestational carriers and babies from HIV
Our Las Vegas surrogacy experts proudly partners with The Bedford Research Foundation and its Special Program of Assisted Reproduction (SPAR). This partnership allows men with HIV to conceive healthy children. The first birth using this technology happened in 1999. Since then, there has never been a virus transmission with this technique.
SPAR research has discovered that the HIV viral titers does not always identify the virus’ presence in the semen. Some men with zero viral titers in their blood still have the virus in their semen. This technique ensures the sperm are HIV-free, which eliminates the transmission risk.
Our advanced fertility treatment for HIV+ men have allowed many individuals and couples to have their own biological children who are free of HIV. Contact us to schedule an appointment and learn how we can help you achieve your family-building goals.