The world’s first HIV positive sperm bank has been launched in an effort to reduce the stigma experienced by those living with the virus.
Sperm Positive has begun with three male donors from across New Zealand who are living with HIV but have an undetectable viral load, meaning the amount of the virus in a person’s blood is so low that it cannot be detected by standard methods.
Although this does not mean the HIV has been cured, it does mean that the treatment is working well and so the virus cannot be passed on – even through sex without a condom or childbirth.
Donor Damien Rule-Neal was diagnosed with HIV in 1999 but was confirmed undetectable after starting treatment some 18 years ago.
Effort aims to reduce the stigma experienced by those living with the virus
I wonder when the first Ebola Blood Banks will pop up, you know, got to fight the stigma and all that jazz.