Who can be a sperm donor?
Through our dedicated sperm donor program – Sperm Donors Australia (SDA), we welcome men of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds to become sperm donors.
Donors are required to meet a number of eligibility criteria to be able to register their interest to become a sperm donor. Once they meet all of the criteria they are then able to proceed with the process of donation.
Interested in donating sperm?
By becoming a sperm donor you will be part of an exceptional group of men who have chosen to help others in fulfilling their dreams of having a family.
Men may donate if they meet the following criteria
- The donor must be between 18 and 45 years of age.
- Clinic-recruited donors must remain in the SDA program in Australia for the duration of the donation process and be contactable. Donors with holiday visas will not be accepted to the program. Donors with a student, working holiday, temporary working and temporary resident visas may be accepted to the program if they can provide evidence of their visa status and can stay in Australia for the duration of the donation process.
- The donor is in good health and has no history of hereditary disease. Donors will not be accepted if they suffer from an illness, disease or genetic condition that poses an unacceptable risk of being passed on to any child conceived from the donation.
- The donor can provide a family medical history.
- The donor has a low risk of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS.
- The donor has not reached the total family limit as per relevant state requirements:
Under the legislation, a donor is able to donate to 10 women in Victoria and 5 in New South Wales (this includes the donor and any current or former partner of the donor). In Queensland, there is no legislated limit for donations, however, City Fertility has set a maximum of 10 as its policy position.
Men are not eligible to donate if they have had any of the following
- Clotting factors for clotting disorders (Factor VIII or Factor IX).
- Transplant or graft (organ, corneas, dura mater, bone etc.)
- Human growth hormone derived from the human pituitary gland or human pituitary-derived graft material.
Men are not eligible to donate if in the past 12 months they have
- Had sexual activity with any person known to have been exposed to HIV.
- Engaged in sexual activity with a male or female sex worker.
- Been a male sex worker (i.e. received money, gifts etc. as payment for sex).
- Used an injectable non-prescription drug.
- Had a blood/body fluid splash in your eyes, mouth, nose or broken skin with someone you might think would have been exposed to any of the issues mentioned above.
- Had a blood transfusion.
- Been imprisoned.
Men are not eligible to donate if they have tested positive for any of the following tests
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
- HTLV 1 and 2
- If married or in a de facto relationship, the wife/partner must consent to the donation.