World's 1st HIV-positive sperm bank launched to combat public stigma

World's 1st HIV-positive sperm bank launched to combat public stigma

- The world's first HIV-positive sperm bank has launched in New Zealand

- Sperm Positive is piloting the initiative in an attempt to fight the stigma associated with the disease

- Three HIV-positive men have already been used as donors, but all are said to have undetectable loads

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South Africans have been forced to face and accept the realities of HIV and AIDS as the virus and disease have ravaged the population for many years.

An ugly stigma is still associated with the disease and an organisation in New Zealand has taken a bold stance in an attempt to combat it.

Sperm Positive has launched the world's first HIV-positive sperm bank, in an attempt to increase awareness.

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Daily Mail reported that Sperm Positive has already allowed three HIV-positive men to donate.

However, the common denominator is that all three men have undetectable loads - in essence, they cannot pass the virus on to their partners or children.

Briefly.co.za understands that this is managed by using the medication prescribed to them.

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It is important to note that the organisation does not operate as a fertility clinic, but do they offer a referral service for those wanting to conceive with the donor's sperm.

Damien Rule-Neal was diagnosed with HIV in 1999 and was selected as one of the donors.

Relishing the initiative, he said, "Being able to help others on their journey is so rewarding, but I also want to show the world that life doesn't stop post-diagnosis and help to remove the stigma."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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