ADDED ON: 04/08/2020

PrEP Users, Many Gay, Bi Men Barred from COVID-Antibody Plasma Donations

04/07/2020 | Gay City News

As public health officials worldwide scramble to develop antibody tests to enable individuals who have recovered from the coronavirus to donate their antibody-rich plasma for experimental injections to help aid sick patients, here in the US gay and bisexual men sexually active in the past three months as well as anyone on PrEP and others who are otherwise banned by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from donating blood need not apply. “COVID-19 convalescent plasma must only be collected from recovered individuals if they are eligible to donate blood,” an FDA spokesperson told Gay City News via email on April 7. The demographics who are disqualified from donating blood generally or the plasma that contains potentially health-restoring conronavirus antibodies includes not only everyone currently on PrEP but also large numbers of queer men, women and non-binary folks who have had sex with them, and sex workers.

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