The Big Daddy of Bravo isn’t happy!
Andy Cohen is calling for major change after he’s denied the right to donate plasma because he’s gay.
Andy is one of the lucky ones who is the mend after being diagnosed with Coronavirus last month. On March 20, Andy revealed his diagnosis after spending weeks in self-isolation. On March 31, he was reunited with his 14-month old son Benjamin and was able to resume hosting WWHL from his home.
Not surprisingly, Andy wanted to do his part and donate plasma to help those fighting the virus, but due to antiquated guidelines, he is unable to do so.
On Thursday, April 23, the Watch What Happens Live host slammed the FDA guidelines that prevent him from donating blood to help those battling Coronavirus.
“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,” Andy revealed on WWHL. “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.”
“This virus is ravaging our planet. The FDA says there is an urgent need for plasma from survivors,” he 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 of my community being excluded from helping out when so many people are sick and dying?”
He also urged the FDA, “think about this and do better.”
“My blood could save a life, but instead, it’s over here boiling,” he explained. “This pandemic has forced us to adapt in many ways — we’re quarantining, we’re social distancing, we’re wearing masks. Why can’t we adapt when it comes to this rule? It’s bad enough that quarantine has us wondering what day it is, I’m sitting here wondering what year it is.”
I stand behind Andy 100% percent! These restrictions need to change NOW and, in all honesty, have needed to change for well over a decade or more.