Dr warns women: 'You're putting yourself and baby you hope for at very grave risk' (From Daily Echo)
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Dr warns women: 'You're putting yourself and baby you hope for at very grave risk'
DESPERATE women who scour the web for sex with total strangers in order to get pregnant have been advised to stay off sordid unlicensed sperm donation websites.
And a top health boss warned that women who meet strangers for no-strings, unprotected sex to get pregnant face serious health risks.
Dr Tony Snell voiced his concerns after an exclusive Daily Echo investigation yesterday revealed a growing number of Hampshire men are offering natural insemination (NI) – or unprotected sex on unlicensed and unregulated websites.
The medical director at Solent NHS Trust said earlier this year there was “an apocalyptic threat” presented by antibiotic resistant diseases, with around 80 per cent of gonorrhoea cases now said to be resistant to frontline antibiotics. He said gonorrhoea, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections can be passed on through un-protected sex.
He added: “Worse still, these infections can also be passed from a pregnant mother to her baby.
“You can never tell who is carrying a sexually transmitted infection by just looking at them so the risk women are taking through these encounters will not only put their own sexual health at risk, but also that of the baby they are keen to have.”
National personal safety charity the Suzy Lamplugh Trust said women could be left vulnerable when they meet potentially dangerous strangers for sex in hotel rooms. Online people often give fake names, temporary email addresses and use pay-as-you-go phones.
One Southampton man boasted he had fathered more than 30 children he had no interest in seeing in the future.
Rachel Griffin, director of the charity, said the Daily Echo findings highlighted a “concerning situation” and said people should stay off the unlicensed sites and instead use fertility clinics licensed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryol-ogy Authority (HFEA).
She said: “There are dangers when meeting people in an offline setting that you have previously just had contact with in an online setting as you don’t know who you are meeting up with, whether they are a dangerous individual and what agenda they may have.
“The men should be wary, too. Male or female – in any situation it is not a good idea to meet a stranger alone or in a vulnerable location, such as a hotel room or at your home or theirs’.”
Michelle Barry, of Southampton Rape Crisis, said education surrounding online safety is vital.
She added: “The Daily Echo investigation highlights not only risks around health and personal safety but also some of the risks of using online services.”
Fertility experts from licensed clinics, where donor sperm and eggs are subject to rigorous quality checks to ensure there are no risks to mother and baby, said they were horrified by the Daily Echo findings and warned women they were putting themselves in grave danger.
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