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Donor Banking Program

Directed Donor Banking Program

The UI Health Andrology Laboratory offers this program to patients who are interested in using a Directed Donor, such as a brother-in-law, a close friend, or other for assisted reproductive procedures.

Directed Semen Donor Eligibility Requirements

Directed (known) reproductive donors using the Andrology Sperm Banking Program must follow FDA requirements to prevent the transmission of relevant communicable disease agents. 

The Andrology Lab is responsible for the processing, storage and distribution of semen from directed donors. Testing and screening are the responsibility of the donor/recipient. 

The donor/recipient must consult with a physician to determine donor eligibility by reviewing the donor's relevant medical records for risk factors for, and clinical evidence of, relevant communicable disease agents and diseases.

The following testing requirements must be performed by an FDA-registered / CLIA-licensed lab using FDA approved Donor Screening tests:

Testing Must be Completed Within 7 Days of Each Semen Collection

  1. HIV, type 1 and HIV-1 NAT (nucleic acid test method)
  2. HIV, type2
  3. Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and Hepatitis B core antigen (anti-HBc)
  4. Hepatitis C (anti-HCV) and HCV NAT (nucleic acid test)
  5. HTLV types I and II
  6. Treponema pallidum (syphilis)
  7. CMV (cytomegalovirus) total IgG and IgM.
  8. Chlamydia trachomatis
  9. Neisseria gonorrhea

Copies of test results must be submitted to the requesting physician, in addition to the Andrology lab. The physician will be notified of any reactive (positive) test results. It will be up to the discretion of the physician whether or not to use the specimen. 

Semen specimens from a directed donor with reactive test results will be stored in the quarantine tank. Upon release of the specimens, the following notification will be included: 'Warning: Advise patient of communicable disease risks" and " Warning: Reactive test results for (name of the disease)." Biohazard label included. 

Directed Semen Donor Eligibility Requirements (PDF)


Please Keep in Mind

The UI Health Donor Banking Program is responsible for the processing, storage, and distribution of semen from directed donors. We are not responsible for all the phases of testing.

If you are interested in banking as a directed donor, please contact our coordinator at 312.996.7713.