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A brief history and introduction to the Special Program of Assisted Reproduction.
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SPAR - the Special Program of Assisted Reproduction is a world renowned program
that combines PCR HIV Semen Testing and Sperm Washing to screen and prepare
semen specimens from HIV-infected men for safe IVF procedures.

The program is based on research findings that approximately two-thirds of semen
specimens produced by healthy, HIV infected men have an undetectable amount of HIV.
Sperm from such specimens are safer for use in assisted reproduction than
“washed sperm” from untested specimens, or from specimens that test positive for virus.


Foundation News
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is More Common in Semen Than Generally Thought, According to a New Study
Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is more common in semen than generally thought, according to a new study by Bedford Research Foundation scientists.  

CMV is a common herpes virus that causes a minor disease in children and adults, but can also infect fetuses in utero and causes permanent problems in 1 out of 750 children born in the U.S.

In the February issue of Fertility and Sterility, the official journal of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), Bedford Research scientists report two surprising findings: First, nearly half (45%) of the semen specimens from 68 men without and with HIV co-infection had detectable CMV, including specimens from two men who initially tested negative for antibody against CMV in their blood. Second, men with even mild suppression of their immune system were twice as likely (57%) to have CMV in their semen as men with normal immunity (28%).

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SPAR in the Huffington Post
Thursday, 03 October 2013
He's Having a Baby! Men Having Babies Conference in NYC Offers Practical Assistance to Gay Men Dreaming of Parenting

At that panel, an HIV-positive parent was joined by doctors from Boston's Bedford Research Foundation Clinical Laboratory and its Special Program of Assisted Reproduction (SPAR), which, for over 10 years, has been the go-to sperm-testing and "washing" center for HIV-positive men looking to have their own biological children without risk of infecting the gestational surrogate or the child.

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Men Having Babies - Surrogacy Seminar and Gay Parenting Expo
Sunday, 05 May 2013
Los Angeles, May 5: SPAR led a panel discussion on HIV infertility, joined by Robert Kaufman, MD and a former SPAR patient and surrogate. YouTube video coming soon! (Read more)
Science Highlights - June 2010: Curing HIV Disease With Stem Cell Therapy
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
HIV Stem Cell Therapy Over 50 years ago, treatments for some diseases of the immune system were developed, and are the original stem cell therapies. The treatments involve destroying all the diseased immune cells, such as leukemias, with radiation treatment and cancer drugs. (6,7,8). Once the diseased immune system is destroyed, it is replaced by transplanting new immune cells from the bone marrow of a healthy donor. (read more )
Dr. Ann A. Kiessling honored with the Jacob Heskel Gabbay Award for Biotechnology and Medicine
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Ann A. KiesslingThis international award recognizes her significant contributions to the field of assisted human reproduction. Dr. Kiessling presented a talk entitled, "Retroviruses, Reproduction and Regenerative Medicine" on Monday, November 16 at Brandeis University
May 2 - Talk at Alpha 2008
Friday, 02 May 2008
international infertility talk Dr. Kiessling spoke to a group of international infertility experts at Alpha 2008, Istanbul, Turkey, describing the SPAR program for HIV, and including information on Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, and bacterial infections in semen. (Download PDF)
ASRM: Infectious Diseases And The ART Laboratory: Potential Problems And Solution
Friday, 08 June 2007

Infectious Disease Program

SPAR recieves the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology Prize Paper Award presented at the The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) 2007 Conference.

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Dr. Kiessling gave the talk:"Assisted Reproduction with Sperm from HIV-infected Men"

And she presented a training seminar entitled: "Infectious Diseases And The ART Laboratory: Potential Problems And Solution"