Organ Donors Should Be Monogamous?

Organ Donors – Guidelines for donors suggest organs should come from people who are monogamous.

Under the proposed policy, people who’ve had sex with two or more people in the past year will be considered high-risk for transmitting HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, but transplant experts are arguing that the standards are far too limiting.

If you’re not monogamous, you’re not an ideal organ donor, according to a new set of health guidelines proposed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Under the proposed policy, people who’ve had sex with two or more people in the past year will be considered high-risk for transmitting HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, but transplant experts are arguing that the standards are far too limiting.

“With the new guidelines, every college student in America will be high-risk,” said Dr. Harry Dorn-Arias, a transplant surgeon at the University of Virginia, according to msnbc.com. “Right now, it’s probably a prostitute or a guy with a needle in his arm. Next time, it will be just a young guy.”

The guidelines could limit the number of available by discouraging potential donors who are hesitant to have their sexual history classified as “risky,” especially if the transplant situation involves a family member, Dorn-Arias warns.

The policy could also deter patients in need of a transplant from accepting those that are labeled “high-risk,” says Tracy Giacoma, transplant administrator at the University of Kansas Hospital, according to msnbc.com.

Between 2007 and 2010, the CDC confirmed a dozen cases of unexpected transmission of infections in transplant cases.

The proposed guidelines would be the first major update since 1994 to the CDC’s Public Health Service policies for preventing transmission of HIV through human tissue and organs. It adds hepatitis B and hepatitis C to the list of viruses that donors must be tested for, while the current policy mandates only an HIV test.