Andy Cohen Can’t Donate Plasma With “ROBUST” Antibodies

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Bravo star Andy Cohen said that the FDA’s restrictions on gay men who want to donate blood plasma are “discriminatory.”

Andy Cohen, who is openly gay, turned his attention to an FDA policy that doesn’t allow men to donate plasma if they’ve had sex with another man in the past three months.

The “Watch What Happens Live” host, who had COVID-19 in March which he revealed in an Instagram post that he tested positive for COVID-19 after days of “not feeling great.”

He has since recovered.

Cohen told “The View” on Tuesday that a doctor recently told him he had “robust” antibodies, however due to FDA regulations, he couldn’t give them to people who need them.

The restriction was put in place as a result of the HIV/AIDS crisis of the 1980s. At that time, there was limited testing technology existed to screen blood for HIV.

In 1983, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) implemented a lifetime ban on blood donations from all men who had sex with men after 1977.

That policy was upheld until 2015, when the FDA revised the guidelines from a lifetime ban to a 12-month deferral period. This meant that gay and bisexual men had to abstain from having sex with another man for at least 12 months before they’d be allowed to give blood.