Friday, May 06, 2005

No Sperm from You!

The FDA has recently decided to implement rules that would prevent any man who has engaged in homosexual sex in the last five years from donating sperm anonymously. The reasoning, at least on the surface, is that gay men have a greater risk of having HIV than straight men.

I understand that the HIV rate is higher in homosexuals than in heterosexuals, but these pending rules from the FDA seem a little bit ridiculous. If what they're worried about is the transmission of HIV, then they should test all anonymous donors. The risk may be higher with one population, but that doesn't mean it's negated in the other population.

If, as my friend Oliver suggested, they worry about other attendant diseases for which they cannot yet test, then my answer would be the same. Those risks are there with other populations as well, so why not just prevent all anonymous donation of sperm?