Online sperm-donating service attracts thousands
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.