HIV positive men will now be able to father children, using their own sperm, thanks to new technology from America.
Positive men interested in fathering a child will have an opportunity to hear about the new procedures and socialise with other gay parents at the up and coming GayDadsNSW evening, set to be held on June 16.
America’s largest surrogacy agency Growing Generations will be present on the evening to discuss options open to gay fathers in general and explain their new range of services open to HIV positive men. Thanks to a change in Californian legislation, which allows for the use of semen from an HIV positive individual to be used for assisted reproduction, Growing Generations has been able to utilise new technology which can test semen for the virus before it is implanted.
There are currently five cases of HIV positive men in the States who are working with egg donors and surrogates to have families and now Growing Generations will be offering Australian men the same opportunites.
President of GayDadsNSW Anthony Brien anticipates a lot of interest from the local community.
When AIDS first happened life expectancy was quite short but through better treatment and management people with HIV have a prolonged life expectancy and a much better quality of life which means they are quite capable of surviving the 20 or 30 years it takes to be an active parent.
It’s a really positive development. It gives people something extra to live for so it’s not just about better life expectancy rates but about having a more fulfiling life that has the potential to have and raise a family, Brien said.
Growing Generations President, Gail Taylor said, We are pleased that science and legislation have come together to provide a safe and reasonable approach on this issue.
We are committed to assisting individuals who have not always been embraced by the mainstream in creating loving homes for very wanted children, which includes gay men, single parents and now people with HIV.
The next GayDadsNSW evening will be held on June 16. For information or to RSVP contact Anthony on 0405 147 968.