The Centers for Disease Control has proposed updated federal guidelines to increase the safety of organ donation but one possibility has transplants experts “outraged,” writes JoNel Aleccia of MSNBC’s “Vitals.” If you’ve had more than two sex partners in the last year, the CDC says, you might be a risky prospect. Donors who weren’t monogamous in the last year would be considered at risk for HIV and hepatitis B and C.
This new CDC proposal is part of a wider guideline updating a 1994 Public Health Services policy.
The new guidelines would also include testing living donors and testing for hepatitis B & C; testing HIV is already in the guidelines “though most organ transplant centers do test for a range of other potential diseases.” The new proposal also and has several differences in potentially risky prospects.
But it’s the emphasis on partner numbers that’s creating the outcry. Dr. Harry Dorn-Arias of the University of Virginia told Vitals “With the new guidelines, every college student in America will be high risk,” and transplant experts “say the proposal arbitrarily focuses on monogamy and could limit both the number of available donors and the number of recipients willing to accept organs newly classified as risky.”
We can’t help notice that the term “safe sex,” appears nowhere in the story; it’s only the partner count that seems worrisome.
So if you’ve had monogamous unsafe sex with your spouse … who, unbeknownst to you, is having unsafe sex with anything that moves … is that okay?
Slippery slope. Slippery slope.