Can I do IVF if I am HIV positive?

Understanding the Impact of HIV on Egg Donation

Unfortunately, HIV-positive individuals are not eligible to donate eggs for in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) due to the risks it poses to the surrogate mother and the unborn child. HIV has the potential to negatively impact a woman’s period, which is a crucial factor in egg donation. The egg donation process requires the donor’s menstrual cycle to be precisely regulated, so that the timing for egg retrieval can be optimised, and the best quality eggs can be harvested. The hormonal changes brought on by HIV can interfere with the regulation of periods as HIV can affect the immune system and lead to imbalances in hormone levels.

Perinatal transmission is another concern for using HIV-positive donors. Although the chances of HIV transmission through donated eggs are relatively low, the genetic information and viruses carried by the eggs can pose risks to the unborn child.

The primary goal of IVF treatment is to ensure a safe and secure process for everyone involved, especially the unborn child. Using HIV-positive egg donors can potentially result in the birth of HIV-positive infants, which is an unacceptable outcome. Therefore, egg donor agencies like Gift ov life do not accept HIV-positive egg donors.

It is also essential to consider the future fertility of the donor. Donating eggs does not have any long-term adverse effects on future fertility. However, donors are advised to seek medical advice and consultation before proceeding with the donation process.

If you have any concerns or questions about egg donation, it is always recommended to consult with an egg donation expert. Gift ov life is a well-known and successful egg donation program in South Africa, providing top-quality services and a team of experts to guide donors through the entire process.

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