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The program is based on research findings that approximately two-thirds of semen specimens produced by healthy, HIV infected men have an undetectable amount of HIV. Sperm from such specimens are safer for use in assisted reproduction than “washed sperm” from untested specimens, or from specimens that test positive for virus.

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The Special Program of Assisted Reproduction (SPAR) is an international program that combines HIV Semen Testing and Sperm Washing to screen and prepare semen specimens from HIV-infected men for safe fertility procedures.

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SPAR News

    • 16 JAN 15
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    SPAR program mentioned in Fertility and Sterility Article

    “Despite reasonable fecundity in HIV-infected patients, assisted reproductive services for this population have not been readily available in the United States. This is in spite of options such as that offered by the Bedford Research Foundation, where HIV-seropositive men can mail sperm samples directly from home, testing can be performed, and only specimens where no

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    • 02 JAN 15
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    We’ve Moved to South Road in Bedford, MA!

    After 16 years at Davis Square in Somerville, MA, we’ve moved to Bedford, MA.  The need to develop an FDA-approved laboratory module for “bench to bedside” stem cell research, plus a unique “lease to purchase” opportunity prompted the move.  We have two years to raise $800,000 to purchase the building.  We are seeking support from

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    • 25 MAR 14
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    Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is More Common in Semen Than Generally Thought, According to a New Study

    Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is more common in semen than generally thought, according to a new study by Bedford Research Foundation scientists. CMV is a common herpes virus that causes a minor disease in children and adults, but can also infect fetuses in utero and causes permanent problems in 1 out of 750 children born in the

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    • 03 OCT 13
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    SPAR in the Huffington Post

    SPAR in the Huffington Post

    He’s Having a Baby! Men Having Babies Conference in NYC Offers Practical Assistance to Gay Men Dreaming of Parenting At that panel, an HIV-positive parent was joined by doctors from Boston’s Bedford Research Foundation Clinical Laboratory and its Special Program of Assisted Reproduction (SPAR), which, for over 10 years, has been the go-to sperm-testing and

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