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Why HPV Tested Sperm Donors are Important

April 03, 2013

Read more about how Fairfax Cryobank offers HPV Tested Sperm Donors

New Study Shows HPV-Related Cancers are on the Rise

On January 7, 2013, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published its Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975-2009.

The report is a huge collaborative effort from the American Cancer Society (ACS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the North American Associations of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR). The conclusions show an overall cancer rate decrease. However, researchers found that since 2000, certain cancers caused by HPV including cervical cancer and less frequently anal, vulva and throat cancer have been increasing. As far as the overall cancer mortality, the study concludes it dropped 1.8 percent annually among men, 1.4 percent a year among women and 1.8 percent every year in children under 14.

Of concern was the finding that in 2009, HPV-related cancer rose over previous years to account for 3.3 percent of all cancers among women and 2 percent in men. Cervical cancer alone represented 53.4% of the total number of HPV-associated cancers among women.

To see the full report published by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, click here.

Fairfax Cryobank continues to be the only sperm bank that directly tests donor semen for the presence of the HPV virus by DNA based testing. With over a decade of testing donors for HPV by DNA, we have been the only sperm bank offering HPV tested donors since 2001. All donors must test negative for the most common HPV mutations associated with cancer (16 and 18) to meet our high standards.

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