Online sperm-do­nat­ing ser­vice at­tracts thou­sands

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

More than 20,000 men made ap­point­ments to do­nate sperm within three days af­ter Taobao, China’s largest online re­tailer, launched the of­fer. The web­site also at­tracted 137 cus­tomers for pa­ter­nity tests and 4,060 for sperm fer­til­ity test­ing.

The of­fer was avail­able from July 15 to July 17 and was joint ef­fort by Taobao and KingMed Di­ag­nos­tics, China’s big­gest third­party med­i­cal lab­o­ra­tory group.

Within 72 hours, 22,017 men had signed up for sperm do­na­tions at one of seven sperm banks na­tion­wide. Vol­un­teers only needed pro­vide their name, last six dig­its of their ID card and email ad­dress to com­plete reg­is­tra­tion, avoid­ing an em­bar­rass­ing first visit. Each vol­un­teer will re­ceive a sub­sidy of be­tween 3,000 and 5,000 yuan ($483$805) fol­low­ing their do­na­tion.

Af­ter an or­der is lodged, a test­ing kit is sent to the cus­tomer who only needs to col­lect and send a saliva sam­ple to a test cen­ter.

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