During egg donor screening, you will undergo communicable disease testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), amongst other tests. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversees this part of the screening process, and for the continuity and consistency of testing by fertility centers throughout the United States, the FDA has outlined a list of tests that must be performed in order to determine your eligibility to donate. The list of STD screening tests is as follows:
♦ Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) I and II
♦ Hepatitis B
♦ Hepatitis C
You will undergo screening for sexually transmitted diseases twice during your egg donation cycle. First, you’ll undergo testing during the initial screening process just after you’ve been matched for your egg donation cycle (the egg donor screening day). You will then undergo testing again with FDA testing just before you begin your injectable medications. If you test positive (or reactive) for an STD during either round of screening, your egg donor journey will come to an end (for untreatable diseases), or be put on pause for one year (for treatable diseases).
Discussing your medical history, and specifically, your sexual behaviors, may feel uncomfortable, but it is critical to know your status, and is especially important during the donation process. If you have additional questions regarding communicable disease testing for STDs, or want to discuss your medical history surrounding the prior diagnosis of an STD, contact our office.