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Being a sperm donor

If you are aged between 18 and 50 years of age, in good health and have no known genetic conditions, you may be eligible to be a donor.

 

What is involved?

  • A counselling session with a fertility counsellor to ensure you understand the issues and implications (including legal) involved in being a donor.
  • A medical check up
  • Complete a questionnaire
  • Screening tests for:
    • Blood Group
    • Human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
    • Human T-lymphotrophic virus (HTLV)
    • Hepatitis B and C
    • Sexually Transmitted Infections
    • Bacterial Infections
    • Genetic Conditions such as cystic fibrosis
    • Quality of Sperm.

 

If these tests are acceptable, you will be asked to give 10 donations  over a period of about 3 to 6 months.

Six months after the last donation, you are required to undergo further blood tests to completely ensure that your donations were free of infections. Donations are unable to be used until these tests have been performed.

 

What do I need to know?

You are doing a wonderful thing.

As a donor, you can help create up to five families. There is no limit on how many children each family can have.

 

Your Information

Children resulting from donation are able to access information about you including your name and date of birth when the reach the age of 16 and have been counselled by an RTC counsellor.  Your information may be released sooner, if both you and the parents consent to this following RTC counselling.

We are also legally required to provide your details to the Reproductive Technology Registry held by the Department of Health.

 

Responsibilities

  • The sperm donor has no legal rights or responsibilities to the resulting child from the donation. Australian law explicitly states that the woman who gives birth to the child and her consenting partner (if any) are the parents of the child. Your name will not be listed on the birth certificate.
  • You must tell us of any known medical or genetic conditions, prior to donating. There can be legal consequences for failing to give this information.  You do not have to inform us if you become aware of a medical or genetic issue after donation but we do ask that you consider the implications to the children resulting from the donation and their right to know..

 

Your rights

  • If you wish, you can direct us on how your donation is to be used.
  • Provided donations have not already been used, you may change your mind about being a sperm donor at any time and the donations will be discarded.
  • We will not use your sample after your death if we are informed or otherwise made aware of your death.
  • You are entitled to know non-identifying information about the outcome of your donation including the number  of families, number of children, the gender of the child and the year they were born in.

More information, including fact sheets, is available from the Reproductive Technology Council (RTC).

 

I’m still interested. What do I do next?

Have a look at the RTC fact sheet on sperm donation. Take some time to consider the implications, including on your partner and family (if you have one).

Contact Ben at the Keogh for a confidential discussion. Contact Ben directly by calling 6457 2008 or emailing ben@kimr.org.