Sky News:- The world’s first HIV positive sperm bank has been launched in New Zealand, with organisers hoping to reduce stigma around the virus.
Called Sperm Positive, it will begin with three male donors from across the country who are living with HIV but who have had treatment which has meant the amount of the virus in their blood is so low it cannot be detected by standard methods.
Damien Rule-Neal is one of the donors. He was was diagnosed with HIV in 1999 and was confirmed undetectable after starting treatment around 18 years ago.
“I have many friends who are also living with HIV who’ve gone on to have children,” he said, adding that there was still a lack of education among the public about what an undetectable status meant.
“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.”