Andy Cohen Shreds 'Discriminatory' Rule Limiting Gay Men From Donating Blood

Written by on April 24, 2020

Andy Cohen could also be identified for levity, however the Bravo host had sobering ideas to supply in regards to the Meals and Drug Administration’s suggested limits on blood donations by homosexual males.

On the finish of “Watch What Occurs Stay” Thursday, Cohen stated he had not too long ago tried to donate plasma, which is wealthy in antibodies, to these battling the coronavirus. In March, the 51-year-old revealed he’d examined optimistic for COVID-19, the illness attributable to the coronavirus; he has since recovered. 

“I used to be informed that attributable to antiquated and discriminatory tips by the FDA to forestall HIV, I’m ineligible to donate blood as a result of I’m a homosexual man,” Cohen stated, referring to the controversial deferral coverage meant to cut back the transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus. 

Although the FDA not too long ago up to date its steering for such donations, he stated that “even the brand new relaxed guidelines require homosexual males to abstain from intercourse for 3 months, whether or not they’re in a monogamous relationship or not, earlier than giving blood.” 

Such restrictions, which don’t apply to heterosexual folks, worth “stigma over science,” Cohen added. 

“My blood might save a life, however as an alternative it’s over right here boiling,” he stated. “This pandemic has pressured us to adapt in some ways. We’re quarantining. We’re social distancing. We’re carrying masks. Why can’t we adapt in the case of this rule?”

Cohen’s remarks drew reward from GLAAD and different LGBTQ advocacy teams. 

Calls to revise rules on blood donations from homosexual and bisexual males have ramped up because the coronavirus outbreak has intensified around the globe. Amid the pandemic, hospitals face a possible scarcity of blood provides, whereas the Pink Cross has been pressured to cancel hundreds of blood drives because the begin of March in an effort to curb the unfold of COVID-19. 

A lifetime ban on blood donations from males who had intercourse with males was first established within the 1980s throughout the HIV/AIDS disaster. That coverage remained in place till 2015, at which era the deferral interval was diminished to 1 12 months—which means homosexual and bisexual male donors needed to abstain from intercourse for 12 months earlier than giving blood.

In early April, the FDA introduced that, in mild of the “pressing and speedy want for blood and blood elements,” it was lowering its beneficial deferral coverage for homosexual and bisexual males to 3 months. 

Many docs and LGBTQ rights advocates, nonetheless, have continued to talk out, arguing that any deferral interval in 2020 is each discriminatory towards LGBTQ folks and harmful amid the coronavirus disaster. 

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