Dear FDA: Overturn the Ban on Sperm Donation By Gay Men | HuffPost
The Exclusion of Sperm Donation on the Basis of Sexual Practices: Time for a Policy Update.
If you've ever seen the movie Road Trip, you'd be forgiven for thinking sperm donation is as simple as cracking one off into a plastic cup. A glorified power wank at best. At worst, a brief and rather sordid love affair between man and Tupperware. There is, of course, a little more to it than that. There has to be, right?
Currently, both the U. Food and Drug Administration and American Society for Reproductive Medicine exclude sperm donation from men who have sex with men. The recommended screening includes questioning donors about their sexual practices and performing a physical examination to look for signs of anal intercourse in addition to standard human immunodeficiency virus HIV laboratory testing. The rationale cited is concern over increased risk of HIV transmission in this higher prevalence population.