August #126 : Who’s Your Daddy? - by Kellee Terrell

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August 2006


Who’s Your Daddy?

by Kellee Terrell

Sperm washing lets positive men parent without fear

Over the past 15 years, some 2,000 positive men worldwide have fathered HIV negative kids using a technique called sperm washing. Sperm (which is generally believed, but not proven, to be HIV-free) is spun in a centrifuge, separating it from the infectious semen. It’s then extracted and frozen until insemination. Out of thousands of rinse cycles, not a single woman or child has contracted HIV when this process was used. But reproduction experts may still want a foolproof technique for determining that the initial sperm is indeed HIV-free.

Enter some Japanese scientists, who say they can prove just that—with a method sensitive enough to detect even a single particle of HIV genetic material. The group has also finessed the separation technology to further reduce the risk of sperm mixing with HIV after washing.

The process isn’t cheap; like fertility treatments, it can run to tens of thousands of dollars. But insurance often covers at least part of the bill (learn more at www.bedfordresearch.org). The cigar’s on us.


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