FDA: Chicago doc didn't test egg donors for STDs

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal regulators have sent a warning letter to a Chicago fertility doctor citing his failure to screen egg donors for sexually transmitted diseases.

The Food and Drug Administration's letter to Dr. Martin Balin was posted on the agency's website Tuesday night. FDA spokeswoman Lisa Misevicz (mis-EH'-vich) says nobody got sick, but the FDA's goal is to "prevent anyone from becoming sick in the future."

The FDA routinely inspects clinics that deal with human tissue such as donated eggs, which can be used to assist infertile couples conceive.

Phone messages left for Balin at his office weren't immediately returned. The letter says his office failed to meet screening standards for chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV.

American Society for Reproductive Medicine spokesman Sean Tipton says it's very important to screen egg donors.

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