BabyQuest screens all its donors, prior to enrolling them in the official program, for pathological and genetic disorders. This is in order to protect the recipient and the child, if any, born using such donated sperm.
All our donors are physically and mentally healthy individuals from a broad cross section of society, ranging from students to professionals. Each donor candidate meets rigorous screening criteria and undergoes a thorough examination prior to acceptance and continues to be screened as long as the donor is active. Donors are genuine in their desire to help others for social cause.
Donors are fully informed of the purpose of donation. Donors mutually agree and sign a contract which regulates all issues in relation to the donation. Donors renounce all paternal rights and responsibilities.
We send all donors’ blood samples to accredited laboratories to get reliable results. Tests include Complete Blood Count, Blood Typing, HIV 1 & 2 antibody testing, Hepatitis B surface antigen, Hepatitis B core antibody testing, Hepatitis C antibody testing, SGPT (serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase), Random Blood Sugar, S. Creatinine and Routine urine testing, amongst other common infectious disorder screening tests.
We also perform genetic testing for ALL our donors, to additional comfort to the recipient couples and clinicians, and eliminate risk of passing on genetic or inherited disorders.
We perform the following genetic testing for all donors
- Chromosome Analysis (karyotyping)
- Hemoglobinopathies including Thalassemia (alpha and beta)
As long as the donor continues to participate in the program, he is required to repeat lab testing at a minimum of six-month intervals for HIV 1 & 2, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.
He is also required to update his medical history and to have a physical examination every six months. At this time he is asked about the occurrence of any new disease within his family. If there is a change in status, the donor’s profile is updated with the new information.
All samples are quarantined for the complete period of six months, after which the donor is tested again, and once he clears those tests, the quarantined samples are released and made available for distribution in the database. The ‘Quarantine period’ is a term used to describe the period of time between infection and the production of antibodies. During quarantine period, an antibody test may give a ‘false negative’ result, which means the test will be negative, even though a person is infected. A negative test at three months will almost always mean a person is not infected. If an individual’s test is still negative at six months, and they have not been at risk of infection in the meantime, it means they are not infected. It is very important to note that if a person is infected with HIV, they can still transmit the virus to others during the window period.