Andy Cohen Couldn’t Donate His Plasma Due to Anti-LGBTQ FDA Guidelines
Recently, the television talk show host, Andy Cohen, tested positive for coronavirus. However, he has recovered and wished to donate plasma for others. But he was denied to do so because of the FDA’s anti-LGBTQ guidelines.
After recovering from coronavirus, Andy Cohen shared his treatment experience
The Bravo executive and talk show host described the symptoms of the virus which included fever, cough, loss of smell, and taste. However, instead of going to the hospital, Cohen self-isolated and treated himself. After returning back to work, he shared his experience on his SiriusXM radio show, Andy Cohen Live. He said:
“It took about 10 or 11 days, I would say, to work through my system. You know, It takes a bit to get your energy back. I took a lot of Tylenol. I took a lot of vitamin C.”
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After a few days of self-quarantine, and not feeling great, I have tested positive for Coronavirus. As much as I felt like I could push through whatever I was feeling to do #WWHL from home, we’re putting a pin in that for now so I can focus on getting better. I want to thank all the medical professionals who are working tirelessly for all of us, and urge everybody to stay home and take care of themselves.
Despite getting the coronavirus, he managed to stay away from the hospital, all thanks to the pulse oximeter. It is a device that measures the amount of oxygen a person has in his lungs. Lucky for him, he recovered and reunited with his son, Benjamin.
Recently, he talked about the fact that he wasn’t allowed to donate plasma
After his recovery, Andy Cohen wanted to help others battle the disease. While talking about it on his show, he said:
“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. I was told that, due to antiquated and discriminatory guidelines by the FDA to prevent HIV, I am ineligible to donate blood because I’m a gay man. Even the new relaxed rules require gay men to abstain from sex for three months, whether they’re in a monogamous relationship or not, before giving blood, though no such blanket restrictions exist for people of other sexual orientations.”
Furthermore, Andy Cohen said:
“All donated blood is screened for HIV and a rapid HIV test can be done in 20 minutes or less. So, why the three-month rule? Why are members from my community being excluded from helping out when so many people are sick and dying? Maybe because we’re valuing stigma over science? I don’t know. My blood could save a life but instead it’s over here boiling. It is bad enough that quarantine has us wondering what day it is; I’m sitting here wondering what year it is. We need to think about this and do better.”
It is irresponsible of the FDA to be this discriminating and dismiss an eligible candidate who can help other people.