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Becoming a Surrogate For HIV+ Intended Parents. Is It Safe?

The question of whether it’s safe to be a surrogate for HIV+ intended parents is one that has been met with both skepticism and hope. With advancements in medical science, the answer is increasingly leaning towards a resounding “Yes.” In this blog post, we will delve into the safety measures, protocols, and programs that make surrogacy for HIV+ intended parents a viable option.

The SPAR Program: A Beacon of Hope for Surrogacy for HIV+ IPs

The Special Program of Assisted Reproduction (SPAR) has been a game-changer in the realm of surrogacy for HIV+ intended parents. Offered by the Bedford Research Foundation, SPAR has enabled hundreds of HIV+ men to build their families safely. The program involves rigorous semen testing and sperm washing to ensure that the virus is not transmitted during fertility procedures.

Medical Protocols: Ensuring Safety

The medical process involves collecting and screening the semen from the intended parent. Any samples containing the HIV virus are discarded. The healthy sperm is then “washed” to remove any traces of the virus. This washed sperm is then used in the IVF process.

Surrogate Safety: A Top Priority

Surrogates involved in the SPAR program undergo individual consultations to understand the risks fully. To date, there has not been a single instance of HIV transmission to a surrogate or the baby born through this program.

Can HIV be passed through surrogacy?

It is extremely unlikely for a surrogate to contract HIV from the intended parent she carries for. Medical details are disclosed upfront in every surrogacy agreement and surrogates have the choice to opt-out if they do not feel comfortable.

How to prevent HIV transmission?

The SPAR program and similar medical protocols are designed to prevent HIV transmission. The surrogate can also be given medication as an added precaution.

What about the baby?

Not one of the babies born through these programs has contracted the virus, making it a safe option for both the surrogate and the baby. With the advent of medical programs like SPAR and stringent safety protocols, surrogacy has become a safe and viable option for HIV+ intended parents. It’s not just about bringing a new life into the world; it’s about giving everyone the chance to become a parent.

Want to learn more about becoming a surrogate for HIV+ intended parents or becoming a surrogate in general? Contact us today.

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Eloise Drane
Eloise Drane, Founder

"I believe that we are all placed on this earth for a purpose. Each one of us has a specific calling in this world and although it is different for everyone, we are here to serve one another. My purpose is to help women who wish to become surrogates and egg donors and the hopeful parents who wish to partner with them. I feel very lucky to be living my purpose."