Egg Donors & STDs
The FDA has created a list of communicable diseases that they require all IVF centers to test for in order to deem a candidate qualified to donate human reproductive tissue, in this case, your eggs. Diseases on this list include Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Hepatitis B& C, Syphilis, Chlamydia, and Gonorrhea. The FDA gives IVF clinics the ability to screen for additional diseases at will, so from time to time, additional tests may be ordered.
If your STD screening comes back positive for these diseases it can mean a potential end to your journey to egg donation. In other cases, this diagnosis will only cause a pause in your donation.
Many sexually transmitted diseases are able to be treated and cured with medications from a doctor. STDs in this category include bacterial infections like Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and some early stages of Syphilis. In these cases, once the transmission has been treated and cleared, there is no viable reason to deny a donation from this donor.
If you find yourself in this situation, we will ask that you have the STD or STI treated and reapply when you have been clear of positive screening for a minimum of one year.
Any additional questions about STDs and egg donation can be discussed on an individual basis with your admissions specialist during the screening process.