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Why Fairfax Cryobank is the Leader in Sperm Donor Screening

March 05, 2021

Learn more about Fairfax Cryobank’s donor screening process and how we exceed sperm donor criteria and screening standards

lab tech looking into a microscope to test sperm donor's sperm

Fairfax Cryobank only provides sperm donors that pass the most extensive screening process. This criterion includes basic testing required by the accreditation and licensing organizations. In addition to the basic tests, Fairfax Cryobank goes above and beyond with the most state-of-art genetic and infectious testing.

We offer karyotypes (chromosome analysis) on all available donors, unlike other sperm banks who do not have all donors tested or do not do the testing at all.

Fairfax continues to advance genetic screening tests. Fairfax was the first human sperm donor bank in the United States to screen for genetic carriers of cystic fibrosis in all donors. All available donors have been CF tested to a minimum of 86 mutations, with most donors being screened for over 100 mutations. We are the only sperm bank that has all available donors tested to this standard. Our team was the first human donor sperm bank in the US to screen for carriers of Gaucher and Canavan carriers in Jewish sperm donors.

Our sperm bank makes most extensive use of the molecular genetic technique PCR (polymerase chain reaction) to provide screening to detect all of the following organisms: Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) types 1 & 2, Human T-cell Leukemia Virus (HTLV) types I & II, Herpes Simplex Virus 1 & 2, Human Papillomavirus (HPV strains 16 and 18), Cytomegalovirus (CMV), Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia.

To review detailed descriptions of these and other tests performed on donors by Fairfax Cryobank, see Infectious Disease Testing and Genetic Disease Testing information at this website.

In addition, we provide Donor Medical Status updates for anyone to check if medical issues have come up with that donor or his offspring that put others at risk. Clients are encouraged to check before using specimens or embryos stored off-site.

Learn more about Fairfax Cryobank’s Sperm Donor Testing by watching the video below, featuring Fairfax Cryobank’s Laboratory Director and Director of Operations, Michelle Ottey.

For more videos like this subscribe to Fairfax Cryobank’s YouTube channel here. For more information about Fairfax Cryobank’s donor screening process visit our Quality Assurance resource page.

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