UK Government drops discriminatory HIV Surrogacy Law

The UK government is dropping a law that previously prevented people with HIV from starting a family through surrogacy. 

The legislation will allow people living with HIV with an undetectable viral load to donate eggs or sperm for surrogacy. The existing legislation made it unlawful for couples living with HIV to use a surrogate. It was also unlawful for a person to receive a gamete donation from someone living with HIV. 

The National AIDS Trust has been campaigning for the changes for several years. Their campaign has gained significant support recently, with hundreds singing a petition.

Minister Maria Caulfield MP announced the new legislative changes on Tuesday. She says the government will be further aiming to amend other existing discriminatory laws. 

“We will also be addressing the current discriminatory definitions of partner donation, which result in additional screening costs for female same-sex couples undergoing reciprocal IVF,” she said. “Amendments through statutory instruments will be introduced as soon as possible.” 

An Impactful Change

Deborah Gold, CEO of the National AIDS Trust made a statement welcoming the legislation.

“After years of campaigning on this issue, this morning we heard the Government finally commit in Parliament to change the discriminatory law that stops many LGBT people living with HIV from starting a family. 

“This change will transform the lives of some people living with HIV who have until this point been barred from the opportunity to become a parent through fertility treatments.” 

The campaign by the National AIDS Trust featured people living with HIV sharing the importance of the law change. 

One man named Noel said, “I’d like to be a parent like anyone else – my motivations are no more different than the rest of the world. I’d love to be a parent. It’s just something that I’d like to do, it’s not all that unusual. The law stops me from having the future that I would want, with a family.”

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