• New.. Are donors screened/ safe?

    Posted by ___deleted-user on 27 April 2012 at 21:48

    Hi all,
    I’m totally new to all this

    I have a 6 year old daughter and would like a sibling for her, I’m single so sperm donation seems so be the best way 🙂
    I would want to be the sole carer, however I would be happy to keep in contact with the donor via email, send pictures and updates etc. I would like my child to be able to see where he/she came from, but would understand that he would not be classed as ‘dad’.
    I am looking for a donor who is at least 5’10, not overweight, of good health etc. Caucasian, blue eyes.

    How do I know the donor has been screened for all the usual diseases/ illnesses?
    What are the financial implications?
    I wouldn’t be willing to do it the natural way… I just want the baby 😳

    Please help 😕

    ___deleted-user replied 12 years, 1 month ago 3 Members · 4 Replies
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  • DonorX

    Member
    1 May 2012 at 12:26

    Hi mumm89,

    Donors here aren’t screened/safe. If you want them all pre-screened you’d need to go to a clinic. However many ladies in here request that the prospective donor visit a doctor and get checked and display the results.

    Donors typically do it for free but recipients tend to pay for any expenses.

    Cheers

    DonorX

  • ___deleted-user

    Member
    1 May 2012 at 15:26

    Hello,
    I am around 6’0 Cacausian and have blue eyes.
    Also I am a registered donor at a sperm bank so I am already tested for all the diseases.
    If you are still looking let me know, or reply in this forum.
    I have not upgraded my account yet, but will soon.

  • Joey99

    Member
    3 May 2012 at 00:10

    You have other options too. There are kits that will screen for HIV, Hepatitis, Chlamydia and many other STIs. These are extremely reliable (and validated by the WHO) and are over 99% sensitive. They are reasonably easy to use, though you do need to read the instructions pretty carefully. It is controversial maybe, but in practice the most important is probably HIV because it is quite transmissible and whilst treatable remains incurable. Diseases like Gonorrhoea and Herpes tend to cause symptoms and in men visible lesions. Chlamydia is a problem because it is often asymptomatic and adversely affects fertility, so it may be worth testing for. I am not aware how frequently sperm donors have been found to have STIs – I suspect it is very rare in heterosexual donors, though obviously if you are considering a gay donor the risks are much higher.

    For most people, the biggest problem is actually false positive tests. The chances of a true positive might be 0.1% or less if you are in a low risk group, and the chance of a false positive 1% (99% specificity is very good) this means you are 10times more likely to falsely test positive than to have a real positive – but it would still be pretty frightening.

    Testing immediately before donation closes to the minimum the window for someone who has recently acquired an infection – otherwise how recent must a certificate be? A month? 3 months? A year?

    However you look at it in the end it is a matter of trust, even if you go to a clinic. It must be a personal choice whether you prefer to subcontract that trust or whether you prefer to do things yourself and rely to a degree on your own instincts.

    Through a clinic I am not sure you get much more information than race and hair colour – it may vary from clinic to clinic but that is all the people I know have been told.

    I hope this is informative.

  • ___deleted-user

    Member
    13 August 2012 at 13:42
    quote blue14:

    Hello,
    I am around 6’0 Cacausian and have blue eyes.
    Also I am a registered donor at a sperm bank so I am already tested for all the diseases.
    If you are still looking let me know, or reply in this forum.
    I have not upgraded my account yet, but will soon.

    Hi, I am looking for a sperm donor for AI and I am willing to travel. Myself and my partner have been trying for a baby for 4 years I have two children from a previous relationship. Myself and my partner have had one failed attempt at IVF and have been told that the chance of concieving naturally is 0.5% hence we r looking into donation. I have only just joined so I am not currently able to look at messages but would really like more info about you and donation.
    Thanks

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