Realizing the Dream of a Family For Men with HIV
Magic Journeys believes the dream of a family should not be kept from men with HIV. Thanks to scientific advancements and our specially-designed program, we have successfully helped many HIV-positive men become fathers.
The HART Program
Using the latest technologies, rigorous laboratory testing and advanced preventative medications, the Magic Journeys HIV Assisted Reproductive Technologies (HART) program enables men with HIV to become biological parents through surrogacy.
Over the past few decades, advancements have been made to help manage HIV long-term. Prior to being admitted to our surrogacy program, HIV-positive intended parents must successfully pass a detailed health screening. To help protect the health of the child and surrogate, the HIV viral load should not be detectable.
The Surrogacy Process
After the surrogate passes the screening process and is determined to be a good match for the parents, Magic Journeys will facilitate a meeting between both parties. We can also recommend legal counsel specializing in surrogacy to assist in drawing up a contract and finalizing the legal paperwork. Once the contract is signed by the surrogate and the intended parents, and both parties are cleared for the required medical procedures, IVF treatment can begin.
Pregnancy results are usually provided within 10 to 12 days. The surrogate is monitored by a team of expert fertility specialists up until 10 to 12 weeks of pregnancy. After 12 weeks, the surrogate is released to her personal OB/GYN. Hospital arrangements are made during the second trimester. Surrogates and parents are guided by a Magic Journeys case manager every step of the way.
Is it safe to use sperm from an HIV-positive person to create embryos?
The answer is yes. Over 4,000 documented cases of assisted reproduction using sperm from HIV-positive men have been successful; not a single baby or surrogate have become HIV-positive. Though we implement many additional safeguards throughout the surrogacy process, even without these precautions it is close to impossible for a baby or surrogate to become HIV-positive.
Can HIV-positive parents live a life with the same longevity as other HIV-negative parents?
Also yes. Advancements in the medical field have made HIV a manageable long-term disease. The life expectancy for individuals with and without HIV is nearly identical. HIV does not pose a more serious threat to the lives of HIV-positive parents than to the lives of HIV-negative parents.