SPERM DONOR SELECTING & TESTING

 

DGSA Sperm Donors

General
DGSA sperm donors are recruited from mainly young male students between the ages of 19 and 35 years, in Cape Town South Africa. The selection and testing of donors is a complex process and requires the donors to attend the Bank on multiple occasions for consultations with our Fertility Specialists, semen analyses and blood tests as well as counselling with an ANZICA registered Counsellor as per the legal requirements of Australia and in particular NSW.

Once the donors have passed the initial screening process, they produce a number of sperm samples, which are cryopreserved and once the final sample has been frozen, a quarantine period of 3/12 months occurs. This is followed up with further screening tests and provided these post quarantine results are normal, the donors are finally ready to be placed on our DGSA donor website, and are available.

Testing and Screening

Initial screening begins with and depends upon:

  • Sperm Quality
  • Age
  • Medical History & Physical Examination
  • Genetic History and Family History of Disease

Initial blood and urine analysis:

  • Full Blood Count
  • ABO-Rh Blood typing
  • HIV (HIV H2 Ab + P24Ag)
  • HTLV I/II
  • Hemoglobin Electrophoresis
  • Hepatitis B (HbsAb + sAg)
  • Hepatitis C serology
  • Syphilis serology
  • Urinalysis
    • Mycoplasma Genitallium (PCR)
    • Gonorrhoea (PCR)
    • Chlamydia (PCR)

Genetic testing:

  • Karyotyping /Chromosome
  • Cystic Fibrosis testing (500+ CF Mutations)*
  • Fragile X testing*
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)*

Post Quarantine (3 months) Final Testing

  • HIV (HIV H2 Ab + P24Ag)
  • HTLV I/II
  • Hepatitis B (Surface Antigen)
  • Hepatitis C (PCR)
  • Syphilis serology
  • Urinalysis
    • Mycoplasma Genitallium (PCR)
    • Gonorrhoea (PCR)
    • Chlamydia (PCR)

(* Horizon TM 4 Carrier Screening)