Sperm Donor Safety During COVID-19
Is it safe to donate during COVID-19?
By Lauren Walters on April 1, 2021
Early in 2020, the spread of the novel coronavirus led to a shutdown of in-person businesses like sperm banks and created a new reality. Since the lockdown, demand for donor sperm has increased substantially and the increase continues in 2021. After reopening our donation clinics, we implemented several CDC-recommended health and safety precautions to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
To ensure everyone’s health and safety, we require staff and donors to wear a mask, sanitize frequently, and social distance during office visits. Our staff checks temperatures upon arrival and sanitizes offices before and after each visit. When a donor checks in to donate, he will be prompted to answer a questionnaire about his potential COVID-19 exposure. If our sperm donors report that they were exposed to COVID-19, they must wait 30 days after a positive test or on-set of symptoms to resume in-office donations.
Currently, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 being transmitted via sperm and no evidence to support that it is possible for the virus can be transmitted via sperm. However, it is important to report symptoms or potential exposure to a Donor Coordinator to protect the safety of our staff. During this uncertain time, we continue to monitor CDC and FDA guidelines along with new information about the coronavirus as it is released.
According to USA Today, 10 million Americans lost their job due to this pandemic. Sperm donation is becoming a popular outlet for these men who are looking to earn extra income while helping others in need, specifically the LGBTQ community, single mothers by choice, and families struggling with infertility. Thinking of becoming a sperm donor? We are currently accepting online applications! Apply online to get started.