When it comes to organ donation the number of available organs is slim and the waiting list to receive organs long. However, despite knowing that the current state of organ donation is at critical, new guidelines proposed by the Center For Disease Control could limit the donation process even further. Under the new policy proposed this fall by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, deceased and living donors who were not monogamous in the previous 12 months would be considered at increased risk of transmitting HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C — even if they had no other risk factors.

CDC officials say the proposed guidelines are aimed at making the organ supply safer and preventing accidental transmission of life-threatening infections. The policies wouldn’t absolutely ban anyone from donating, especially in an exceptional or life-saving situation. “It’s geared for the patient so the patient knows as much as they can about the organ being transplanted in them,” said Dr. Matthew J. Kuehnert, director of the CDC’s office of Blood, Organ and Other Tissue Safety. However transplant experts are arguing that the new policy could discourage potential donors and limit the number of available organs, as well as the number of recipients willing to accept organs newly classified as risky.

According to Dr. Harry Dorn-Arias, a transplant surgeon at the University of Virginia:

“With the new guidelines, every college student in America will be high-risk. 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. If you were going to give your organ to your mom or dad or sister, you’re going to be ashamed of that. You’re either going to say no, or you’re going to lie.”

The proposed guidelines would be the first major update since 1994.


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