Friday, May 06, 2005

FDA to ban gay sperm donors

To the dismay of gay-rights activists, the Food and Drug Administration is about to implement new rules recommending that any man who has engaged in homosexual sex in the previous five years be barred from serving as an anonymous sperm donor. The FDA has rejected calls to scrap the provision, insisting that gay men collectively pose a higher-than-average risk of carrying the AIDS virus. Critics accuse the FDA of stigmatizing all gay men rather than adopting a screening process that focuses on high-risk sexual behavior by any would-be donor, gay or straight. 'Under these rules, a heterosexual man who had unprotected sex with HIV-positive prostitutes would be OK as a donor one year later, but a gay man in a monogamous, safe-sex relationship is not OK unless he's been celibate for five years,' said Leland Traiman, director of a clinic in Alameda, CA, that seeks gay sperm donors.
Whole thing here.

2 comments:

Clara said...

Why don't they simply require that every would-be sperm donor take an HIV test? Or would that be too expensive?

Adam Scavone said...

couple things, 1) why doesn't the FDA shut up and acknowledge that it doesn't have all the answers, and that, as this case perfectly illustrates, their one-size-fits-all rules and regulations are useless and damaging, and 2) i'm just curious, i guess, about a clinic that "seeks" gay sperm donors...do people show up saying, "hey, you got any of that gay sperm? straight kids are ok, but i really want to increase my chances of having a homosexual kid, in case the biological theories of homosexuality have any truth to them"?

pre-post update: find out the answer to my smart-ass question at http://www.gayspermbank.com ...wow..quite a site...potential parents have to promise not to have boys circumcised if they have boys (they are members of NOHARMM - National Organization to Halt the Abuse and Routine Mutilation of Males), and seem to be giving a little jab at practicing jews and encouraging them not to utilize their services.."With reference to this issue and religious freedom: A human being is not born with a particular set of religious beliefs. A child, born from parents of a particular religion, is not a member of that religion by choice.".."everybody's a little bit [discriminatory] sometimes.."

i'd be philosophically offended but wholeheartedly amused if, in an ironic twist of fate, jews found the legislative power to shove their beliefs down the throats of this particular branch of the gay community and demanded that they not be "discriminated against" and that their "rights" not be infringed by anybody or anything, and that they be given "full access" to gayspermbank.com's sperm donation services.