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Father Children Safely

The Special Program of Assisted Reproduction (SPAR) is an international program designed to protect wives, surrogates and babies from becoming infected during fertility procedures that use sperm from men who wish to have children of their own, but are living with a sexually transmitted disease, such as HIV, the virus that causes Aids.

The program is based on research findings that some, but not all, of the semen specimens produced by men infected with HIV, Hepatitis B and C, and cytomegalovirus (CMV) will test positive for the infectious agent.  SPAR scientists, headed up by Dr. Ann Kiessling, are pioneers in assisted reproductive technologies, and have been developing reliable semen testing procedures for 25 years. The laboratory methods are licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, certified by the U.S. government (CLIA) and registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (References)

Sperm from specimens that test negative for infectious agents, such as HIV, are safer to use in fertility procedures than sperm recovered by “sperm washing” from untested specimens.

The process begins with a personal, highly confidential consult with Dr. Kiessling and SPAR staff who will help identify reliable fertility clinics and surrogacy agencies according to individual client needs.  SPAR is an independent testing and counseling resource with no financial ties to any fertility clinics or surrogacy agencies.  The goal of SPAR is to provide safe, confidential fertility procedures for wives, surrogates and babies.

The SPAR facility is located 13 miles (22 kilometers) from Boston in a confidential, free-standing building.  Convenient housing and transportation options will be provided when the consultation appointment is made.  Certified interpreters for all languages will be provided as needed to help make consultation travel arrangements, and during the consultation and testing process.

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SPAR News

    • 24 FEB 15
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    Yahoo News Editorial: HIV-Positive Man Has Sperm ‘Washed,’ Becomes a Dad

    Yahoo News Editorial: HIV-Positive Man Has Sperm ‘Washed,’ Becomes a Dad

    Man meets woman. Baby comes next. It’s just that simple. Or is it? This week, Yahoo Parenting is running a series about the unique way families are formed. From a surprise adoption right before retirement, to a brother-in-law’s generous gift, to an HIV-positive father who had his sperm “washed,” read on for inspiring parenthood stories.

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    • 16 JAN 15
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    SPAR program mentioned in Fertility and Sterility Article

    “Despite reasonable fecundity in HIV-infected patients, assisted reproductive services for this population have not been readily available in the United States. This is in spite of options such as that offered by the Bedford Research Foundation, where HIV-seropositive men can mail sperm samples directly from home, testing can be performed, and only specimens where no

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    • 02 JAN 15
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    We’ve Moved to South Road in Bedford, MA!

    After 16 years at Davis Square in Somerville, MA, we’ve moved to Bedford, MA.  The need to develop an FDA-approved laboratory module for “bench to bedside” stem cell research, plus a unique “lease to purchase” opportunity prompted the move.  We have two years to raise $800,000 to purchase the building.  We are seeking support from

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    • 25 MAR 14
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    Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is More Common in Semen Than Generally Thought, According to a New Study

    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

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