Later this month, an FDA rule is expected to go into effect that will prohibit sperm banks from accepting deposits from anonymous gay donors because, the rule says, men who have had sex with men in the last five years are at risk for HIV. But Hayley Gorenberg, a legal defense director at Lambda, say it doesn’t make scientific sense and is unnecessarily stigmatizing. At Berkeley’s Sperm Bank of California, where they’ve accepted sperm for 23 years without incident, donors are tested and screened, and then they’re tested again after the sperm has been quarantined for six months. Executive director Alice Ruby, who plans to continue doing the same, says the FDA rule is not enforceable.
Sperm: food or drug? Discuss.