Obama Administration’s Lifting of Restrictions on Visas for HIV-Positive Foreigners Opens Program to International Clients
Los Angeles, CA, February 22, 2010–The nation’s largest surrogacy agency announced today that the number of babies born to HIV-positive clients is expected to more than double in 2010 as its program for HIV-positive men using their own sperm to create embryos continues to expand in the U.S. and abroad. In 2009, Growing Generations had 5 babies born to HIV-positive parents working with surrogates and in 2010 more than 10 babies are expected.
“It is so amazing for us to see these babies being born to loving, healthy parents who have dreamed of this opportunity for years,” said Growing Generations CEO Stuart Miller. “As the first agency to create a program specifically for clients with HIV, our expertise and guidance of this process is unparalleled.”
Participants in Growing Generations’ HIV program go through the same process as other clients with the addition of an extensive health screening and preparation process for the sperm which virtually eliminates any risk of exposure to the surrogate or embryo. Many men with HIV show no material trace of the virus in their semen. The sperm preparation process has been used for more than a decade in non-surrogacy related pregnancies and, as is the case with all of Growing Generations surrogates and babies, no one has become infected with HIV.
The program is now available not only to citizens of the U.S. but to international clients as well due to the Obama administration’s lifting of the restriction on visas for HIV-positive foreigners. In January of this year, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention removed HIV infection from the list of diseases that prevent non-U.S. citizens from entering the country.
“We are extremely pleased that the Obama administration has removed a restriction that should have been removed a long time ago,” added Miller. “Our company has always been at the forefront of fighting against discrimination and our ability to now serve clients with HIV from around the world is something we are very proud of. We anticipate that as people with HIV learn of this opportunity, we will continue to see more of them choose surrogacy as their family building option.”