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Internet Sperm Trade Risky: Health Canada
The growing unregulated trade in semen is a worrisome trend, according to Health Canada.
Health Canada is warning women that they risk disease from sperm donations that do not meet regulations.
Two Australian websites — which connect donors and recipients — have prompted the public health agency to warn women about the dangers and legal issues around accepting sperm from donors who have not been screened and tested as required by law.
Under the Food and Drugs Act, donor sperm is considered a drug and has to pass Canadian semen regulations. That means the donor must be tested before and after the donation in order to minimize the risk of infectious diseases.
The semen also has to be quarantined for six months before it can be used
Distributing fresh semen is illegal in Canada under the regulations for assisted conception.