Your dreams of parenthood don’t have to end with your HIV+ status. Family Source is pleased to have assisted many HIV+ individuals and couples achieve parenthood through the Special Program of Assisted Reproduction (SPAR).
The Special Program of Assisted Reproduction (SPAR) is an international program designed to protect partners, surrogates and babies from becoming infected during fertility procedures that use sperm from men who wish to have children of their own, but are living with a sexually transmitted disease, such as HIV.
The first goal of the Bedford Research Foundation was to develop safe ways to handle and analyze semen from men infected with HIV. Developed in the late 1990’s, the Foundation’s methods for testing and preserving semen from men with HIV disease have assisted dozens of HIV infected men seeking to parent without transmitting their disease to their wives or babies.
In general, pregnancy success depends upon the clinic. However, fertility centers have helped to conceive hundreds of babies fathered by HIV-positive men, without transmitting the virus to a single mother, gestational carrier, or child.
How does SPAR work?
The Goal of SPAR is to achieve a pregnancy without transmitting the father’s infection to the mother or the child.
- Evaluation of male and female partners
- Collection of two HIV Undetectable Specimens
- Semen Specimens are tested for HIV, the sperm is “washed” and cryopreserved
- Treatment at a Collaborating Infertility Clinic
For more information about the SPAR project, visit www.bedfordspar.org.