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Ads put up on trees in and around GU lure students to donate their semen for easy money, but inappropriate way of collecting sperm raises questions

 Posted On Sunday, June 23, 2013

AhmedabadLure of easy money is drawing a number of college students to a sperm bank that has put up a large number of advertisements in the Gujarat University area. Students have been donating sperms for as little as Rs 50, but they are fine with it as long as it foots their tea and coffee bills.

However, the surreptitious manner in which the bank operates and its unwillingness to come clean on its intent has raised several questions. Right outside the CEPT University gate, you can find an advertisement nailed on to a tree.

Move further and you will find another atop a tree near Kanoria Centre for Arts and at two gates of Gujarat University.

Post graduate (MA, MCom, MSc, graduate, undergraduate, etc.) The ad reads, ‘Required — Semen Donor’. Below it is written, “Donate your sperm and earn adequate compensation”. Contact Indogen, timing: 8.30 am to 1.30 pm.”

A Mirror investigation revealed the company collects samples of semen and blood twice in three days and decides on the amount that a youth will be given depending on the quality of his sperm.

They inform the donor within a week of the collection if his semen is worth considering. However, reputed doctors in the city known for IVF treatment, who source sperms from their own donors, say the entire process is flawed and fraught with risks.

The doctors say they collect samples twice, six months apart, to ensure that they do not expose their patients to the risk of diseases like AIDS that remain dormant during the window periodandcannotbedetectedduringexamination. No such procedure is followed by the ‘quick fix’ operators.

Under cover operation

Mirror called the number and one Bhavesh Prajapati picked up. He said, “We pay between Rs 50 and Rs 1,000 to the donor on each visit.” As per the directions provided, our correspondent visited the Indogen office, a shady-looking place, opposite V S Hospital, above Pakwan restaurant.

Prajapati, aged around 25 years, was the only person manning the office. He collects and labels the blood and semen samples. When asked if he had any formal training, he claimed he had done a course at a private nursing school in Visnagar, but failed to provide the name.

Our reporter who pretended to be a recent pass-out from IIT Gandhinagar, asked Prajapati, “How much will you pay me as one of my friends has been donating frequently in Mumbai and he gets Rs 5,000 every time he donates.”

He replied, “We have to check the quality of your sperm and only then can we decide how to pay you.”

The allurements

To lure our reporter who pretended to be a student, desperate to earn money by short cut, Prajapati told him, “You can donate twice a week or eight times in a month, which means a regular income.” Inside his office, there are air-conditioned cabins in which donors are shown blue films and provided plastic bottles.

The easy catch

A college student who has beendonating his semen for the past two months is a happy donor. He told us, “I get Rs 250 every time I donate my sperm. It yields me quick bucks with no hassles. Another person who we found at the office was a 24-year-old company executive from Kadi.

The 6-feet plus, weighing 108 kg when asked, how much they paid him, he said, “I have come for the first time as my friends wanted me to try it out and if things went off well they too would like to donate.”

A 20-year-old electrician who had just given his sample was surprised and disappointed after he was informed that the company pays anywhere between Rs 50 and 1,000. “I was told by my friend that I will be paid Rs 7,000. I get Rs 500 in just one visit as an electrician. I spent at least Rs 60 to reach here. I am not interested in small money.”

Specialists’ take

According to Dr Manish Banker, infertility specialist at Pulse Hospital, there are around 10 sperm banks functioning in the city, most of them without proper facilities or trained personnel. “There are no specific guidelines or body to decide how a sperm bank should be.

Therefore, pathology laboratories have started sperm banks,” Dr Banker said. Regarding the procedure of donating semen, Banker said, “One has to provide their semen sample which goes for multiple tests, including HIV.

A person’s medical history and physical details are collected for records. If the person has no medical problems, his sperm is frozen for six months.

The person is called again after six months and the same procedure is followed. If the tests are fine then the doctors can use the previous (freeze) sperm for fertility purposes.”

Health experts, however, see this as an unhealthy trend with dangerous repercussions.

“Such local sperm banks are on the rise and there are no laid out legal regulations for them,” said Dr. Himanshu Bhavishi, director, Santan Semen Bank.

“The local sperm banks collect sperm for compensation as low as Rs.50 at times, which signifies the low quality of sperms which often go unchecked,” Bhavishi said, adding that sperms are a major source of infections, including HIV/AIDS, so people should exercise extra caution while sourcing them.

“The Indian Council for Medical Research is meeting on July 3 to discuss and formulate guidelines, which would regulate sperm donation across the country,” said Dr Manish Banker, infertility specialist from Pulse Hospital.

(Inputs by Ojas Mehta, Vipul Rajput, Kuldeep Tiwari and Vijay Zala), Mumbai Mirror 

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