To establish a family, individuals living with HIV can now donate eggs or sperm

The UK is considering changes to the Human Fertilisation Law.

Julia Chain, chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) is pleased to learn that legislation has been introduced in Parliament concerning gamete donation from individuals with undetectable viral loads of HIV and partner donation in reciprocal IVF. Fertility treatment is facilitating parenthood for an unprecedented number of individuals; therefore, all those undergoing fertility treatment ought to be treated equitably.

The amended legislation permits individuals living with HIV to donate their gametes to known recipients, family, and acquaintances, on the condition that the individual possesses an undetectable viral load, which is defined as a sustained viral load below 200 per milliliter. 

Same-sex couples can now become egg or sperm donors for their partners, thanks to an updated definition of partner donation in the law. The changes will also reduce the costs of screening for same-sex female couples undergoing reciprocal IVF. 

Minister of Health Maria Caulfield stated next points:

  • These modifications will enable a greater number of individuals to realize their aspiration of becoming parents.
  • We have amended the law to permit individuals living with HIV to donate their eggs and sperm in order to ensure that they have equal access to IVF. Furthermore, the modification will grant same-sex female couples the same screening exemption for IVF as heterosexual female couples.
  • These modifications will contribute to the establishment of a more equitable system by eliminating obstacles to obtaining fertility care, as outlined in the Women’s Health Strategy.

Minister for Equalities, Stuart Andrew MP, said: “I am delighted by these changes which will enable more people to experience the joy of becoming parents.”