Migden to help HIV-postive men conceive
By Elizabeth Daley, Bay City News Service
March 4, 2007
In an attempt to reduce the likelihood of HIV transmission during
conception, Sen. Carole Migden, D-San Francisco, announced Friday
the introduction of a bill that would allow HIV positive men to
receive assisted reproduction under certain guidelines.
According to Migden, studies show sperm washing substantially
reduces the chance of HIV transmission from donor to recipient.
Dr. Deborah Cohan at the University of California at San Francisco
said there was not a single transmission of HIV in over 3,800
procedures conducted using the technology.
However, a California law forbidding insemination of bodily tissue
with sperm from a man who is HIV-positive denies HIV-positive
men this option, according to Migden.
"All families deserve access to the tools that reproductive
science has to offer," said Migden in a statement. "In
this case, California law needs to catch up with technology because,
whether inadvertent or not, it discriminates against HIV-positive
Migden said California and Delaware were the only states barring
the insemination procedure, and that the California law under
which it is banned was initially created to protect patients receiving
organ and tissue transplants.
"I am thrilled at the prospect of being able to offer my
patients a safe method of conceiving," said Cohan, Medical
Director of the Bay Area Perinatal AIDS Center.
"With this important bill we will be able to offer them
a safe way of building healthy families," Cohan said.
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