Anyone who has had sex with two or more people in the past year could be classified as a risky organ donor even if they possess no other risk factors, according to new health guidelines proposed by the CDC. The new federal policy would flag organ donors who have not been monogamous for the previous 12 months as at increased risk for carrying HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C, reports MSNBC's health blog, Vitals.
That's a wee bit too broad, say critics. “With the new guidelines, every college student in America will be high risk,” says a surgeon at the University of Virginia. “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 CDC emphasizes that the proposal is only in draft form and can be changed; the idea is just to get more information about prospective donors. (Read more organ donor stories.)