The Western Fertility Difference

Our HIV Sperm Washing program allows intended parents to have children without passing on the HIV virus.

As the premier provider of fertility services in California, we are compassionate and dedicated to providing leading IVF, Surrogacy, and Egg Donnation services across the world. Led by Dr. Ashim Kumar and guided by the best specialists in the field, we remain by your side every step of the way to becoming a parent.

At Western Fertility Institute we have helped hundreds of families on their journey to parenthood. Unlike other programs, we can schedule your sperm washing appointment immediately, without any waiting or delay. Contact us now to find out more about how we can help you complete your family.

What is HIV Sperm Wash?

40+ years

Combined Experience

Western Fertility Instiutute employs a method of washing sperm that allows HIV positive men to have children safely using assisted reproductive technologies.

HIV positive men who are taking antiretroviral therapy and have an undetectable viral load can donate sperm, which is double washed to remove any lingering HIV particles from the surface of the sperm cells. The sperm can then be used safely. This method does not reduce the viability of the sperm, while it does reduce the risk of HIV transmission to the embryo and surrogate mother to as low as humanly possible.

The HIV Sperm Wash Process


This is the first step. During the FDA ID Screening you will consult with an infectious disease specialist so we can derive the ideal process plan for you.


The second step involves testing your blood. Here we will follow a testing protocol specific to HIV.


The thrird step involves testing your semen. We will analyze the volume, concentration, the motility, and morphology (shape/form).


Step four involves semen preparation for IVF with intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and Cryopreservation.


The fifth step includes running a HIV Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test to determine the viral load in the prepared sample.


During the final step we will perform in vitro fertilization (IVF) with ICSI at Western Fertility Institute or ship out samples.


At Western Fertility, we work with many LGBTQ+ couples and individuals and understand the unique challenges they may face on their path to parenthood. We believe everyone has the right to become a parent if they wish to and are there to make their dream become a reality. If you are HIV-positive, you can still become a parent and have a healthy baby.

Our sperm washing program combined with egg donation and surrogacy has been efficient and has yielded extraordinary results. We look forward to assist you with you parenthood journey!

Ashim Kumar, MD

Medical Director

As a world-renowned board certified reproductive endocrinologist, in the recent years Dr. Ashim Kumar has focused his efforts towards those that have had difficulty conceiving and require third party reproduction (egg donor and/or a gestational surrogate). He completed his medical education and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Emory University in Atlanta, followed by a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility through a combined program at University of California Los Angeles and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Dr. Kumar has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals on endocrine and surgical aspects of infertility and has presented his work at the annual meetings of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. He also serves as an ad hoc reviewer for the journal Fertility and Sterility.

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  • Sujay Rutta, MD

    HIV Expert

    Dr Sujay Dutta is an infectious disease physician in Los Angeles, California. He specializes in general infectious disease, HIV medicine, and wound care. He received his MD from the University of California in San Francisco and his MS from the school of Public Health at UC Berkeley. He then went on to complete his residency training in internal medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut and his fellowship in infectious disease at the University of Washington In Seattle. His research focused on the sexual transmission of HIV, pathogenesis, and vaccine testing.

    He has been in private practice for 22 years. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine with sub specialty in infectious disease.

    He is proud to be part of the excellent team at Western Fertility.

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