Sperm bank rejects claims that medical students forced to donate

Hebei Human Sperm Bank hits back, saying donation was voluntary

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 25 April, 2013, 2:29pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 25 April, 2013, 5:26pm

A sperm bank in Hebei dismissed online claims alleging a college had forced its students to make donations, news portal Hebeinews.cn reported on Wednesday.

The students were at the Hebei Human Sperm Bank to participate in a volunteer research project on sperm quality, not because they were forced to donate, a spokesman of the facility said on Wednesday. He was responding to an internet post by a college student surnamed Jiang.

The blogger on Monday said his school, Shijiazhuang People’s Medical College, took students to the sperm bank, according to the article. 

Jiang said he heard his teacher saying: “I am already pretty nice to you guys. Once you go there, I leave it entirely to you on whether to donate or not, but students in other classes have no choice.” 

A photo attached to the Sina Weibo post showed a dozen of people in student uniforms walking towards the sperm bank.

Two other photos showed the forms he said students were forced to fill out whether they donated their sperm or not. One was a letter of consent and the other a volunteer registration form - both were titled “Hebei college students’ sperm quality studies and data management".  

In a video interview, Jiang told a reporter that he didn't know if any of the equipment in the facility were sterilised and that he was not informed about any compensation available. 

On Wednesday, a teacher surnamed Li who works at the medical college rejected the claim that there was a sperm donation event.

The sperm bank spokesman said that students were left to decide for themselves whether to participate in the research and that volunteers were required to sign the consent form.

“Not everyone who comes to a sperm bank is here to donate sperm, right?” he said.