Comprehensive Selection Process for Sperm Donors
Choosing A Donor
We respect the privacy of our clients and donors and have a policy of strict donor & client anonymity. Donors sign a statement disclaiming any parental rights and any rights to knowledge of donor offspring. We do not require contracts with our clients but rather with their health care providers. In this way, the recipient’s identity is usually not known to us.
We provide only non-identifying donor information to the recipient to aid in the selection of a donor. Documentation identifying the donor and documentation identifying the recipient of donor sperm will never be placed in the same location or file.
Donors Are Chosen With Care
Located in the greater New Orleans area, we are near several universities and law and medical schools. We recruit donors by placing discrete ads in campus publications and sending out carefully worded flyers to selected campus locations. All of our active donors are students.
We select our donors with care. Donors routinely have three appointments a week for two years, so we get to know them well. They are paid a nominal fee for travel and the time they spend at our facility. Our donors must be between the ages of 18 and 40 to lower the chance of new mutations.
Prospective donors undergo a rigorous screening process that begins at their initial appointment and continues for as long as they are in the program. Because of the demands placed on donors, less than 10 percent of our candidates become donors.
Donor applicants undergo a comprehensive screening process for the protection of recipients. Donors from certain ethnic groups are tested for specific conditions. The following genetic screens are conducted as appropriate to applicant’s ancestry and ethnic group:
- Canavan’s Disease
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Sickle Cell Disease
- Tay Sachs
A copy of the donor’s most recent serology results will be sent to your doctor along with the shipment.
Current Screening & Tests
- Three-generation family health history
- Medical, social, and sexual history of donor
- Physical exam by internist
- Chromosome analysis
- Hgb electrophoresis
- Aspartate aminotransferase (SGOT)
- Semen analysis
- Alanine aminotransferase (SGPT activity)
- Cytomegalovirus (CMV), IgG and IgM antibody + culture
- Hepatitis B, surface antigen and core antibody
- Hepatitis C, antibody
- HIV-1/2 (AIDS), antibody
- HIV-1, antigen (performed on donors donating prior to NAT test availability)
- HTLV-1/2, antibody
- Neisseria Gonorrhea
- Syphilis, antibody
- NAT MultiPlex (HCV RNA, HIV RNA and HBV DNA)
- West Nile