WATCH: Bravo’s Andy Cohen Goes OFF, Reports He Wasn’t Allowed to Donate Plasma After Recovering From Virus Because He is Gay
Bravo’s Andy Cohen, who revealed last month that he tested positive for the coronavirus, expressed his anger and frustration with FDA guidelines that restrict gay men from donating blood, declaring, “My blood could save a life, but instead it’s over here boiling.”
“I signed up for a program for Covid-19 survivors where you could donate plasma, which is rich in antibodies, to those still battling the virus,” Cohen said on Thursday’s Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen. “I was told that due to antiquated and discriminatory guidelines by the FDA, to prevent HIV, I am ineligible to donate blood, because I am a gay man.”
Cohen then explained that there are new relaxed rules when it comes to blood donations from gay men amid the coronavirus pandemic, which allows them to give blood after abstaining from sex for at least three months. The law previously restricted any gay man, regardless of relationship status, from donating blood if they had sex within the year.
“No such blanket restrictions exist for people of other sexual orientations,” Cohen noted. “The FDA says there is an urgent need for plasma from survivors. All donated blood is screened for HIV, and a rapid HIV test can be done in 20 minutes or less, so why the three months rule?”
Cohen questioned why Americans were encouraged to adjust in so many ways, such as quarantining and wearing masks, while experts were still unable to adapt to new norms that would allow anyone to donate blood without regulations.
He then accused the U.S. and the FDA of “valuing stigma over science,” adding, “My blood could save a life, but instead it’s over here boiling.”
“It’s bad enough that quarantine has us wondering what day it is, I’m sitting here wondering what year it is!” Cohen added. “We need to think about this and do better. Thanks.”
Watch above, via Bravo.
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