HIV/Hepatitis and IVF

We are the first and largest centre in the UK able to offer Fertility treatment to those affected by HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. The ACU is a centre of excellence for the management of infertility and widely recognised as a leading fertility centre in the UK. We offer a highly specialised treatment with excellent success rates and patient experience. 95% of the couples who have undertaken fertility treatment at the Assisted Conception Unit would recommend other couples to our service.

Fertility treatment for those who are positive for HIV, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C

Why choose us

We are the first and largest centre in the UK able to offer Fertility treatment to those affected by HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. The ACU is a centre of excellence for the management of infertility and widely recognised as a leading fertility centre in the UK. We offer a highly specialised treatment with excellent success rates and patient experience. 95% of the couples who have undertaken fertility treatment at the Assisted Conception Unit would recommend other couples to our service.

Treatment Options

For patients who are positive for HIV or Hepatitis B or C we offer a range of specialist treatments ranging from sperm washing and IUI to IVF. Our services can support you to reduce the likelihood of transmission and to conceive a healthy child.  All of our treatments are carried out in our state of the art laboratory specifically built to treat those affected by HIV and Hepatitis B and C.

Sperm Washing

 This technique involves separating the HIV infected seminal fluid from the sperm by centrifugation and ‘washing’. Once washed the sperm is combined with a nutritional fluid and tested for HIV. If negative the sperm is then used for the IUI or IVF procedure.

IUI

The technique of intrauterine insemination or IUI is one of the simpler methods of assisted reproduction. It involves the injection of prepared sperm into the uterine cavity via a small catheter inserted through the cervix (neck of the womb).  The can be done with or without medication.

IVF

 In this treatment, eggs are removed from the ovaries, fertilised with sperm in a laboratory dish and allowed to grow before being replaced in the woman’s womb. IVF literally means ‘fertilisation in glass’, giving us the familiar term ‘test tube baby’.

NHS Funded Treatment

Criteria

Your local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will have certain criteria you and your partner will have to meet to receive NHS funded treatment. These often include the your age, Body Mass Index (BMI), previous treatment and whether the couples already have children. These criteria do vary, therefore In order to know whether you are able to access NHS funding in England contact your local CCG, speak to your GP, or contact the National Infertility Awareness Campaign (NIAC) via email at niac@infertilitynetworkuk.com

How to be referred

Ask your GP to refer you to the Sub-Fertility clinic at Chelsea and Westminster, here you will complete a number of fertility investigations, which will assist in reviewing your eligibility for NHS Funded Treatment. Once confirmed you will be seen in the Assisted Conception Unit to start your treatment.

Privately Funded Treatment

Our Consultants

Mr Dimitrios Nikolaou MD MRCOG DFFP Cert Advanced Endoscopic Surgery

 Mr Julian Norman-Taylor MBChB MRCOG

Referral

If you are not eligible for NHS funding treatment or wish to be seen privately you can self-refer for treatment by completing our self-referral form  and sending it to acu@chelwest.nhs.uk

Confidentiality

All information provided by users of our services is confidential and is not shared with anyone else outside the service without permission. We are required to provide data to certain organizations such as the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) however this information is either anonymous and cannot be traced back to any individual or their infectious status is not disclosed.

 For further information about any of the services offered at Chelsea and Westminster Assisted Conception Unit, please contact us on 020 3315 8585 or email us at acu@chelwest.nhs.uk

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