NEW YORK, July 19, 2012 — The American Fertility Association (The AFA) announced today the initiation of a program designed to reach men living with HIV who want to create a family. The good news is that these men, with proper treatment, can safely have biological children of their own.
The educational outreach program, funded by a generous grant from Growing Generations and International Fertility Law Group, will launch at the International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC, running from Sunday the 22nd of July through Wednesday the 25th of July. The AFA will be staffing a booth that will feature a video with two reproductive endocrinologists and an HIV specialist further explaining the procedures. Information will also be available to all who visit the booth.
“Advances in both the treatment of HIV and in Assisted Reproductive Technology means that men living with HIV can father their own children with virtually no risk of HIV transmission to the female partner, surrogate, or embryo,” said Ken Mosesian, Executive Director of The AFA.
Stuart Bell, Owner and CEO of Growing Generations, stated, “With over 5,000 known pregnancies worldwide, using assisted reproduction and the sperm from men living with HIV, there has never been a single incident of HIV transmission reported.”
The AFA will be sending information to HIV specialists throughout the country, so they can make their patients aware of the family building options open to them. The AFA will also be exhibiting at the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) conference later this year, and additional conferences in 2013. For more detailed information, visit http://www.theafa.org/hiv.