Thanks to the new, one-year-old male fertility program at the Hadassah Medical Center’s AIDS Center, a man with HIV has been able to father a child without transmitting the virus to the fetus.
Prof. Shlomo Maayan, head of the AIDS Center, initiated the project in collaboration with Dr. Keren Olstein of the AIDS Center; Prof. Neri Laufer, Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Prof. Alex Simon, Director of Hadassah’s In Vitro Fertilization Center; and Prof. Dana Wolf, Director of the Clinical Virology Unit. The program’s success is owed to a process of washing the sperm to eliminate any that carry the virus. Then the woman’s eggs are fertilized with the healthy sperm either via intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF).
“Providing a possible solution for couples who have waited a very long time to bring children into the world is a dream come true,” says Dr. Olstein.