What diseases do you test a donor for?
We conduct the following tests on every donor according to the FDA regulations:
- Hepatitis B surface antigen
- Hepatitis B core antibody
- Hepatitis C virus
- Gonorrhea (GC)
- Cytomegalovirus (CMV antibody)
- Chlamydia trachomatis
- HIV-1 and HIV-2
- HTLV-1 and HTLV-2
- WNV - West nile virus
- All our donors are Zika free.
- Genetic profile: each donor has his own genetic profile, including a large panel of recessive diseases, CFTR sequencing, CMA (Chromosomal Micro Array) for microdeletions, and is tested for the relevant genetic condition. You can view the genetic profile for free.
What is the purpose of the Quarantine period, and how long does it last?
A donor is tested for a number of infectious diseases when he starts in the donor program. The semen is frozen and stored for 180 days and then the donor is retested. This allows for seroconversion, i.e., for enough antibody to show up to be detected by the blood test.
How important is choosing a donor with a specific blood type?
Donor blood type may be important to you if:
- You don’t plan on telling your child he or she was conceived with donated sperm. In this case, you would want to match the donor’s blood type with yours or your partner.
- Your own blood type is Rh-negative. Women who are Rh-negative may develop antibodies to a fetus that is Rh-positive.
We strongly encourage you to discuss blood type matters with your physician or health care professional.