Sperm Donation

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    Jun 26, 2008 10:27 AM GMT
    I read an article this morning that got me thinking about this. There is a center very close to me I learned after a quick Google: http://www.becomingadonor.com/pittcryo.html

    Has anyone here ever done it? I didn't see anything about being gay or what they pay on the site. I'm not running there tomorrow, but it is something for me to think over, I don't seem to have a strong opinion on this and maybe you guys can help me think it through.
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    Jun 26, 2008 2:03 PM GMT
    Nope. And I dunno.

    the concept of maybe fathering a child and not knowing who and where he is, is both uplifting and depressing.

    Happy to pass on genes, and sad to not know him at all and not be part of his upbringing.

    That said, you're a cute guy original, LOL, we need more people like you.
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    Jun 26, 2008 2:38 PM GMT
    Being gay, you might have some trouble. I know I can't donate blood or plasma because they screen out gay people , because we all are HIV+ - aren't we? Its really stupid and discriminatory. If that is not an issue, you have to think about what the repercussions of knowing you might have a child running around. For me, I could not know that without being a part of its life, which is usually against the point of donating.
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    Jun 26, 2008 2:42 PM GMT
    A friend of mine, now 50 and a practicing doctor, was recently contacted by a 20 something year old woman who was alleging he was her father. He and friends to make money in med school had been sperm donors. She was able to find that out and with the help of a school year book started looking for dear old dad. It was quite a shock to both him and his wife.

    I applaud people who are donors and give others a chance for children, but just be sure and think through all of the consequences before doing so.
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    Jun 26, 2008 3:11 PM GMT
    I donate sperm daily, though no one collects it. The best part I donate from my sofa, bed, shower...all sorts of confortable places! icon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gif


    No really, I'm glad people donate, but really here are many children who are born that need warm loving homes. I wish more people would adopt. I do not know anyone who has donated sperm, but I know a bartender who donates her eggs. She has 2 children in the world right now. CRAZY huh?
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    Jun 26, 2008 5:42 PM GMT
    well there is a sperm donation center near my house too but im not sure how much you get. I do know that its no where near the $4,000 a woman can get for her eggs. As far as being gay it should be not be any of their business as long as you pass the STD testing and blood tests.
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    Jun 26, 2008 6:09 PM GMT
    hunter1047 saidwell there is a sperm donation center near my house too but im not sure how much you get. I do know that its no where near the $4,000 a woman can get for her eggs. As far as being gay it should be not be any of their business as long as you pass the STD testing and blood tests.
    Should and is are two different things. I do not know about sperm donation, but if you have sex with men you are not allowed to donate blood.
  • esputniko

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    Jun 26, 2008 7:36 PM GMT
    In Europe, at least in my state, Spain, you can always donate blood and semen, but you've got more than three sex-partners within the last 3 months; being straight or gay doesn't really matter, like it should be!


    Here 40€ (60 US$)are given for each sperm donation, and 1000€ (1500 US$) for every egg.
  • Hagan_F

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    Jun 26, 2008 7:50 PM GMT
    DJBens77 saidBeing gay, you might have some trouble. I know I can't donate blood or plasma because they screen out gay people , because we all are HIV+ - aren't we? Its really stupid and discriminatory. If that is not an issue, you have to think about what the repercussions of knowing you might have a child running around. For me, I could not know that without being a part of its life, which is usually against the point of donating.



    No one screens blood donors on their sexuality. Gay people can and do donate blood. ALL blood is screened for HIV regardless of who donated it. You should check your local Red Cross.
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    Jun 26, 2008 7:58 PM GMT
    Hagan_F said[quote]
    No one screens blood donors on their sexuality. Gay people can and do donate blood. ALL blood is screened for HIV regardless of who donated it. You should check your local Red Cross.


    I'm sure gay people do, but I believe they are breaking the "law" by doing so.
  • irishboxers

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    Jun 26, 2008 8:09 PM GMT
    The sperm banks out here in LA don't allow gay men to donate. Apparently even in a town run by gays they think gay sperm make gay babies...because straight sperm only make straight babies, right?

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  • dcarm

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    Jun 27, 2008 1:27 PM GMT
    I'd like to let you know that the statement that "No one screens blood donors on their sexuality. Gay people can and do donate blood. ALL blood is screened for HIV regardless of who donated it. You should check your local Red Cross." is at least false in Australia. While there was a recent court case in which a single individual won the right to donate blood, the Red Cross refuses to change its policy on the topic in relation to the wider gay community. (ie removing the "has not had sex with a man if you are a man." clause)