Under new health guidelines people who have had two or more sexual partners in a year may be considered too promiscuous to donate organs
People who’ve had two or more sexual partners in the last 12 months could be exempt from organ donation for being too promiscuous, according to new health guidelines being drawn up in the U.S.
Proposed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, the move aims to decrease the likelihood of accidental transmission of life-threatening infections through organ donation, such as HIV and hepatitis B and C.
However, the changes have sparked debate among transplant experts who fear the guidelineswill eliminate potential donors.
‘With the new guidelines, every college student in America will be high risk,’ says Dr Harry Dorn-Arias, transplant surgeon at the University of Virginia.
But Dr Matthew Kuehnert, director of the CDC’s office of blood, organs and other tissue, defended the move, saying: ‘It’s geared for the patient so the patient knows as much as they can about the organ being transplanted in them.’
More than 28,000 organs are transplanted each year in the U.S, with more than 112,000 people on organ waiting lists according to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.
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