The most recent estimate in 2019 suggests there were 105,200 people living with HIV in the UK. Of these, around 6,600 are undiagnosed so do not know they are HIV positive
One of TwoDads UK missions listed on our website is titled; Positive Surrogacy. We are going to focus a portion of our time to campaign for equal fertility treatment of those living with HIV, who want to access Surrogacy as a way to build their family.
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Along with the help of three Medical professionals, all passionate about the care of HIV Intended Parents, we wanted to begin by sharing with everyone the current situation surrounding Fertility Treatment in the UK
As mentioned, one of TwoDads UK missions, listed on their website is to campaign for equal fertility treatment of those living with HIV, that want to access Surrogacy in the UK as a way to build their family. As you will know, we have two children with the help of UK Surrogacy, and we’re passionate about supporting those achieve the same regardless of sexual orientation or their HIV status.
HIV positive Intended Parents are not allowed to access UK Surrogacy, based on the regulation and legislation outlaid by the HFEA, the UK Fertility Industry regulatory body. However, HIV positive heterosexual couples can access IVF through a licensed clinic, so why not Surrogacy? That’s because Surrogacy is classed as a Donation treatment, and under the HFEA Act 1990 those with HIV are not allowed to use their gametes (eggs, sperm or embryos) for surrogacy. So we want to work with those that also want to change this.
Check out our video to hear more
Here we chat to Dr Tristan Barber’s (Consultant in HIV Medicine, Ian Charleson Day Centre, Royal Free Hospital) and Dr Nicola Mackie (Consultant in HIV Medicine at St Mary’s Hospital part of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust).
We also spoke to regular guest and TwoDads Talk, Fertility expert and friend, Dr Carole Gilling-Smith, Medical Director from The Agora Fertility Clinic in Brighton
Carole Gilling-Smith adds ‘I will always be extremely grateful to the Elton John Foundation as they provided the initial funding that allowed us to get the sperm washing project started at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital in the late 90’s and this turned out to be the start of safe family building for those living with HIV in the UK at the time. Two decades on, there is another battle to be had on behalf of those living with HIV from the LGBTQ+ community, but I am confident we will win it.’
If you’d like to get involved or want to hear more contact us here at firstname.lastname@example.org or Michael Johnson-Ellis from TwoDads UK by emailing michael@TwoDadsUK.com