We use industry leading donor screening and testing procedures and we adhere strictly to FDA regulations of sperm banks as well as several international health authorities' screening guidelines. All of our donor applicants undergo an extensive screening process.
Initially our donors are selected by our sperm bank staff, based on a number of parameters:
- Sperm Quality
- Criminal Background Check
- 4 Generation Family Health History
Further screening includes blood and urine analysis:
- Chemistry Panel
- Complete Blood Count
- ABO-Rh Blood typing
- HTLV I/II
- Hepatitis B Surface Antigen
- Hepatitis B Core Antibody
- Hepatitis C Viral Antibody
- Syphilis (RPR)
- CMV IgG/IgM
The genetic testing we do includes the following:
- 4 generation family medical history, which is reviewed by a trained genetic specialist or a medical doctor (all donors)
- Cystic Fibrosis screening for 33-86 mutations in the Cystic Fibrosis gene (all Caucasian donors)
- Chromosome analysis (all donors)
- Thalassemia (all donors). An HPLC analysis is done to detect this indirectly. Please contact us if you would like to have your donor genetically screened for carrier status.
- Tay-Sachs disease (donors with Ashkenazi Jewish or French Canadian ancestry)
- Canavan disease (donors with Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry)
- Familial Dysautonomia (donors with Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry)
- Fanconi Anemia type C (donors with Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry)
- Gaucher disease (donors with Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry)
- Niemann-Pick type A disease (donors with Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry)
- Sickle Cell Disease. For all donors an HPLC analysis is done to detect this indirectly.
- Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) testing was implemented in the fall of 2010 and all active donors have been tested. Please contact us to inquire about a specific donor’s testing status or if you have any questions.