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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.
It seems like the FDA is deciding to err on the side of "risk" than of "tolerance" (something to commend them for). However, making such statements without providing some sort of research behind their decision leaves them looking partisan and will most likely result in a backlash from the Gay community. If they provide a link explaining their claims, it would solidify their reasoning and refute the opposition as well.
Many doctors and fertility clinics already have been rejecting gay sperm donors, citing the pending FDA rules or existing regulations of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
"With an anonymous sperm donor, you can't be too careful," said a society spokeswoman, Eleanor Nicoll. "Our concern is for the health of the recipient, not to let more and more people be sperm donors."
In order for Gays to donate sperm, they either have to be requested by a lesbian friend or be celibate for a period of five years (compared with a heterosexual who has to be celibate for at least a year). California seems to be leading the way in accepting donors from all backgrounds (although they have to do a "double check" in order to make sure they are not HIV infected) but as for now if gays want to donate sperm they might have to deny that lifestyle all together.
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