In view of the World Aids Day on December 1st, New Zealand has launched the world’s first HIV positive sperm bank, it is known as “Sperm Positive”, the facility aims to reduce the stigma experienced by those living with the virus.
According to multiple reports, the sperm bank began with three male donors from New Zealand who are living with the virus but have an undetectable viral load, meaning that the amount of the virus in their blood is so low that it cannot be detected by standard methods.
While this does not mean that they have been cured, it is suggested that the treatment for the virus is working well and so the virus cannot be passed on – even through sex without a condom or childbirth. This means that if their sperm is selected by would-be parents, the resulting baby would not be affected by the virus, and barring other medical conditions, the baby should still be born without any issues.
As well as informing the public, the clinic aims to give people diagnosed with the virus the opportunity to create life and to raise awareness that fertility services are available for them.
The initiative was created by the New Zealand Aids Foundation, Positive Women Inc and Body Positive.