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FDA to urge sperm banks to reject gay donors

post #1 of 16
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http://www.cnn.com/2005/HEALTH/05/05....ap/index.html

Isnt that a bit of a generalization saying that gays are at higher risk of transmitting HIV?? Why not bar men who have had sex with ANYONE for the past 5 years - women do carry the virus, you know!
post #2 of 16
Sounds like the move is based on bigotry than science.
post #3 of 16
It's ridiculous.

First off, many clinics that collect sperm test the donors for HIV

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WHAT TESTS ARE REQUIRED BEFORE I CAN BECOME A DONOR?

Prior to being accepted as a donor you would need to see a doctor for physical examination. A urine sample is needed to screen for gonorrhoea and chlamydia. A blood sample will also be taken in order to determine your blood group and to test for infections such as hepatitis B and C, syphilis, CMV and the HIV virus. These are repeated at intervals. Screening of donors in this way is crucial as any infections could be passed onto the woman receiving the sperm and, if she becomes pregnant, her child. We also perform tests to exclude cystic fibrosis and chromosome abnormalities.

In the UK (http://www.lwclinic.co.uk/donor.htm)

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The Donor Insemination Process

A woman may choose to work with most any certified sperm bank of her choice. Sperm banks vary widely in the number of donors available, ethnic diversity of donors, information available on the donor including family medical history and availability of donor identification. Certified sperm banks must meet specific requirements for infectious disease testing of their donors. In order to virtually eliminate the risk of transmission of infectious disease through donation, sperm is "quarantined." The sperm donor is tested for infectious diseases, donates the sperm and the sperm is frozen and held at the sperm bank for six months. The donor is then re-tested for HIV before sperm is released to clinics and patients

In the US (http://www.infertilitydoctor.com/treat/d_i.htm)

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So the HIV argument is OUT the window.
Plus if they were worried about HIV then they'd say "no HIV+ people can donate sperm" or they'd list all the high-risk groups like Heroine addicts, people who have unprotected sex and horny teenagers

It IS based on bigotry. I can think of no good reason the FDA would seek to disallow gay men from donating sperm.

I'm sorry, but this administration is just out-of-hand.
post #4 of 16
Well, my goodness, I thought we were in the 21st century?

Sue
post #5 of 16
How many Bush sucker-uppers do we have working in the FDA? Hmmmm???
This is the most asinine thing I have heard all week. I am SURE all potential donors are screened for HIV and other diseases before their sperm is used (just common sense) and if a gay man's sperm holds the key for a couple or individual who is unable to concieve, what's the big deal?
post #6 of 16
and honestly, if it's based JUST on fear for HIV, then wouldn't they look at the fact that lesbian couples have VASTLY lower HIV rates then straight?

I guess the next step, if it's really about HIV, is they'll only take sperm from lesbian's.

;-)
post #7 of 16
It would make far more sense to do adequate HIV testing, with the six-month quarantine and re-testing.
post #8 of 16
That is ridiculous and has nothing to do with HIV or any other disease. Do they think gay men will give "gay" sperm? Someone's wheel is still turning, but their hamster is dead.
post #9 of 16
Well they are supose to scan each donors for STDs and stuff like that anyway. Sperm is sperm it's all the same let them donate if they want. what's the big deal
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by brianlojeck
and honestly, if it's based JUST on fear for HIV, then wouldn't they look at the fact that lesbian couples have VASTLY lower HIV rates then straight?

I guess the next step, if it's really about HIV, is they'll only take sperm from lesbian's.

;-)
I'm hoping I'm being dense and this is a joke?

Lesbians can't donate sperm since they're women.
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by goosehazel
That is ridiculous and has nothing to do with HIV or any other disease. Do they think gay men will give "gay" sperm? Someone's wheel is still turning, but their hamster is dead.
Indeed.
People must think they give gay blood, too, since gay men aren't allowed to donate blood, either.
Completely rediculous.

I wonder if sperm banks accept "donations" from IV drug users, men who use prostitues and men who have had unprotected sex with multiple partners outside of monogamous relationships...?
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by Sweets

Lesbians can't donate sperm since they're women.

THAT explains why non of them will date me. ;-)

Yes, it was a joke, but thanks for keeping an eye out for me...
post #13 of 16
About a dozen years ago, not so long ago in the grand scheme of things, I worked with a nursing assistant who truly believed that the blood bank in our hospital kept the "black blood" separate from the "white blood". No matter what I said, I could not convince her otherwise. Duh!
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by goosehazel
That is ridiculous and has nothing to do with HIV or any other disease. Do they think gay men will give "gay" sperm? Someone's wheel is still turning, but their hamster is dead.
The FDA's logic on this issue is seriously distorted.
post #15 of 16
Ahhh.....here we go again. I think I am just getting used to people thinking I carry some disease unknown to me. Such is life...I am a diseased freak apparently LOL
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by Kat_Boy
Ahhh.....here we go again. I think I am just getting used to people thinking I carry some disease unknown to me. Such is life...I am a diseased freak apparently LOL
You are not whatsoever Matt!! Unfortunately, though, that is the misguided thinking of some segments of our society and Administration.
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