Everyone should have the opportunity to be a parent
Surrogacy for HIV+
At Vita Nova, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to be a parent. We’re proud to support and help HIV+ intended parents achieve their dream of parenthood through surrogacy safely and securely.
What is SPAR?
The Special Program of Assisted Reproduction (SPAR) has allowed hundreds of HIV+ men to build their families through surrogacy. Vita Nova is proud to have assisted many couples and individuals through this program since 2009.
SPAR has helped bring over 300 babies into the world safely through the program with no transmission of the virus. The program combines semen testing and sperm washing for safe fertility procedures.
Living with HIV doesn’t prevent you from having a child safely through surrogacy. It’s possible to have a baby as an HIV+ man through the SPAR program and surrogacy through Vita Nova Surrogacy.
How does the SPAR process work?
The medical process involves the semen from the Intended Parent being collected and screened. Any samples containing the HIV virus or any other significant pathogen are discarded. It’s important to note, on average only 15% of semen samples from an infected male on anti-retroviral therapy actually carry the HIV virus. The healthy sperm is “washed” for added protection; washed sperm is free of semen. The specimen is then frozen for transportation and preservation at a participating clinic where the IVF process takes place.
The 4 steps in the SPAR process
Consultations with intended parent(s) and surrogate. Both intended parents and surrogates will have conversations with the surrogacy agency about what the SPAR program is, how the program works, and if there are risks to the surrogate in the SPAR program.
Collection of specimens, following FDA protocol. The HIV infected parent will visit the Vita Nova and leave a semen sample
Semen testing. Semen will then be tested for presence of virus using the PCR HIV DNA assay. Depending on outcome, it is then “washed” using a centrifuge to separate the sperm from the seminal fluid. Washed sperm are suspended in a new solution and cryopreserved.
Specimen is ready. The specimen is then shipped for fertilization and embryo transfer.