Number of fluid donors rises

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A bad news economy has become good news for the donation business -- as in blood, egg and sperm donor companies.

An increase of such donations for pay has been seen at Talecris Plasma Resources Augusta Center and Xytex International in Augusta.

Danielle Moores, of Xytex, which accepts sperm and egg donations, attributes some of the increase to a campaign for donations the company recently started. But, she added, "at the same time, we have spoken to some of our donors and they have told us, 'Yes, for financial reasons; that's why I have done this.' "

Xytex normally gets five to six applicants a month. Since December, it has had about 30 per month, said Myra Stillwagon, a medical laboratory technician and donor counselor. Ms. Stillwagon said she has heard some applicants mention financial reasons, including one man who didn't qualify and wondered if there was anything else he could provide.

"He needed the money," she said.

Only about 5 percent of those who apply at Xytex become donors. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 38, healthy and college educated.

"A lot of people have a misconception that anyone can just stop in and leave a donation," Mrs. Moores said. "All of our donors are really carefully screened."

Ms. Stillwagon said donors can't make more than three donations a week. She said they can make up to $1,200 a month, but it usually takes six weeks to get a paycheck.

At the Augusta location of Talecris Plasma Resources, which opened last year, officials say they also have seen more people. Employee Jeremy Pulley said it has had about a 200 percent increase in donors in the past four months.

Steve Goldsmith, a spokesman for Talecris, said that 2008 figures haven't been tallied but that nationally plasma donors increased from 12.5 million in 2006 to more than 15 million in 2007.

"You find that a lot of people come in for the first time because they've heard this is a way they can make some extra money," Mr Goldsmith said. "In Augusta, yes, we've seen an increase throughout the year since we've been open."

The center collects plasma to help people with such conditions as primary immune deficiency and hemophilia. Mr. Goldsmith said people are compensated because it takes longer than a typical blood donation -- about two hours -- and donors have to come back more than once. The first donation is screened, and the second helps verify that screening.

Donors must be a U.S. citizen or have some sort of legal status in the country, have a permanent residence in the area, be at least 18 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. Donations may be made up to twice a week at Talecris, and payments range from $20 to $40 per donation.

Reach Preston Sparks at (706) 823-3338 or preston.sparks@augustachronicle.com

WANT TO DONATE?

TALECRIS PLASMA RESOURCES AUGUSTA CENTER: 2704 Peach Orchard Road, Augusta, (706) 771-3211

XYTEX INTERNATIONAL: 1100 Emmett St., Augusta, (706) 733-0130 or (800) 277-3210

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SandyK2005
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SandyK2005 02/13/09 - 03:25 am
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Don't know about the pay

Don't know about the pay rates for egg donors locally, but in the news it's reported to be in the $10,000 range. Don't know if it's for all, or some (there's a limited amount of eggs to begin with), but ladies there's an income there for you (especially those who already had their kids...or...litters!). But with sperm and egg donations do understand they can create life and your genetics can go outside the family line (and you have no control of what the lab(s) can do with your cells -- cloning to nano-technology). It is about money and you, you, you, you, you, you, you, you, you, you, you, you, you, you, you, you, you..........

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Riverman1 02/13/09 - 06:07 am
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A silly philsophical point or

A silly philsophical point or two. $1200 bucks a week. Wow, those are hardly donors. Three times a week. Do they have a special room with dim lights and uh...pictures or something? Doesn't that make these guys guilty of providing sexual activity for money since we seem to be on this anti-internet prostitution drive? Can't you see the police raiding the "donor" room. If those selling sperm are giving 3 samples a week in this relatively small area what are the odds of the offspring "meeting" each other later? What about the requirement that they must be college grads? I love ASU, but you can get in there with a GED. I can see a guy getting his diploma and running with it down to the sperm bank wearing his cap and gown. Not exactly Ivy League material if you think about it. I suppose there is a need, but the whole idea of selling sperm and eggs is kind of sad to me.

RCBOEsLowestPdEmp
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RCBOEsLowestPdEmp 02/13/09 - 07:36 am
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Riverman, you need to grab a

Riverman, you need to grab a GED, and run down to ASU. The article says that "donors can make up to $1200 a MONTH," and not "$1200 bucks a WEEK." What is $1200 bucks a week anyway? You don't need to use the word dollars or bucks when you describe money using a ($) symbol. But what would I know about proper grammar, I'm not exactly "Ivy Leauge material," I can just read and write!

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politicallyNcorrect1 02/13/09 - 08:49 am
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I had to deliver a package to

I had to deliver a package to the sperm bank yesterday & the line of men was so long it backed up to the road & there was one woman in line? I had to ask her, do you know what everyone is here for? She just looked at me & said ..umm huu..never said a word:)

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I4PUTT 02/13/09 - 08:50 am
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Not everyone is so

Not everyone is so appreciative of fluid donors. Hypo has been turned down by almost every possible recepient in the south east. Some places like Xytex too.

SandyK2005
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SandyK2005 02/13/09 - 10:01 am
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"Doesn't that make these guys

"Doesn't that make these guys guilty of providing sexual activity for money" ---- No different that seeing the snake lady downtown, which too many church guys have visited. And yes, you have your "literature". Just think of it, you don't even need a subscription (or sheepishly bring home the mag with the brown paper wrap or hide it in the bathroom from wifey).

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Riverman1 02/13/09 - 10:13 am
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JoseyGrad, yeah, you're

JoseyGrad, yeah, you're right. You got me on the weekly amount, plus the grammatical error with the $. Nice work. I was trying to be a little funny and I did say I love ASU. I'm all for ASU and Josey grads selling sperm if they want. We don't need no stinkin Harvard grad sperm donors around here. By the way, was the comma needed before the word "and" in your opening sentence? "Riverman, you need to grab a GED, and run down to ASU." :)

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Lost In Translation 02/14/09 - 01:00 am
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politicallyncorrect...you

politicallyncorrect...you ain't right. Yes I said ain't for those of you that want to teach proper English on here. I love how they call it fluid donors. Yes m'am, um...I'm here to donate some fluids.

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