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Gays cleared to donate sperm

Postby general » Fri Mar 10, 2006 10:49 am

Gays cleared to donate sperm
10 March 2006
By NIKKI MACDONALD

Gay men should be able to donate sperm by the end of the month, after a fertility clinic policy U-turn.


The decision is a victory for the Wellington man incensed when he and his partner heard about the national donor shortage and offered to help, but were told they could not donate sperm because they were gay.

Human rights experts said the policy was blatant and irrational discrimination.

Fertility Associates had said its clinics were happy to accept gay men as personal donors selected by the recipient couple or woman. However, they could not take gay donors for the general sperm bank.

Despite routine HIV testing of every sperm donation, gay men were ruled out as they were considered to be at a higher risk of carrying the virus, the organisation said.

However, Fertility Associates spokesman Richard Fisher said yesterday that the organisation had been acting on verbal advice from the previous committee chairman and had not realised that new guidelines, issued last year, enabled clinics to set their own risk parameters.

Fertility Associates had been approached by the Human Rights Commission about its policy and was now working through a process to screen potential donors in a non-discriminatory way, subjecting everyone to the same questions and testing regime, Dr Fisher said.

AdvertisementAdvertisementUnder the proposed protocol, gay men will no longer be vetted out in initial questioning. All donor sperm would be tested for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, and quarantined for six months. The donor would then be tested again and, if negative, would be added to the donor pool, Dr Fisher said.

The new protocols were expected to be in place by the end of this month, once advice from infectious disease experts had been considered.

Dr Fisher did not know to what extent the move would alleviate the sperm donor shortage. There are 120 women or couples on the sperm donation waiting list at present.

The Wellington man who raised the issue welcomed the clinic's decision and vowed he and his partner would again offer to donate.

"It is fantastic. They have been amazingly cooperative. But I can't see that they would have turned around so quickly without the media coverage."


http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3599405a11,00.html

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Postby fuzz » Fri Mar 10, 2006 4:27 pm

bout time too. now how about being able to give blood?

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Postby hate and wedges » Sat Mar 11, 2006 12:29 pm

thats awesome!!! i was so pissed off when i read about that policy in the paper [the old one that is]
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Postby kittenslayer » Sat Mar 11, 2006 1:24 pm

Wouldn't gay blood turn me queer?

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Postby Huey » Sat Mar 11, 2006 4:27 pm

Only partly queer because you would still have a fraction of your own blood left in the system.

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Postby Dennis from Accounts » Sat Mar 11, 2006 4:59 pm

kittenslayer wrote:Wouldn't gay blood turn me queer?


Nah, but you may find you'll develop an overwhelming urge to watch queer eye for the straight guy [uk edition] alot.
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Postby kittenslayer » Sun Mar 12, 2006 1:55 pm

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! wrote:
kittenslayer wrote:Wouldn't gay blood turn me queer?


Nah, but you may find you'll develop an overwhelming urge to watch queer eye for the straight guy [uk edition] alot.

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Postby Dennis from Accounts » Sun Mar 12, 2006 6:47 pm

The Heart wants what it wants :wink:
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Postby kittenslayer » Sun Mar 12, 2006 6:50 pm

My anus says no but my heart says yes :oops:

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Postby Dick Dynamite » Sun Mar 12, 2006 11:46 pm

How are they supposed to know that you're gay?

Is it in your medical history or something? :roll:

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Postby Dennis from Accounts » Mon Mar 13, 2006 12:12 am

Dick Dynamite wrote:How are they supposed to know that you're gay?

Is it in your medical history or something? :roll:


Yea, must have gaydar or something. Just dont tick the 'Are you a raging homo?' question.
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Postby Huey » Mon Mar 13, 2006 1:11 am

On the form it asks if you ever had butt sex with dudes.

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Postby Dennis from Accounts » Mon Mar 13, 2006 2:53 am

What about just blowies and cuddles?
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Postby Huey » Mon Mar 13, 2006 3:23 pm

I guess thats cool.


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