Apr 10, 2000
My question is whether I can give up my kidney for my brother while having AIDS, will I pass the virus during the transplantation? Also My viral load has been undetectable and ELISA and DNA PCR undetectable for 3 months after the exposure. Can I rely on these facts and go ahead with the transplantation?
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
If you have HIV infection and AIDS, any organ will contain HIV virus, and therefore be transmitted to a recipient. Any transplant team will scrutinize the donor for a variety of diseases including HIV. They will determine whether to use a particular donor or not. It is not clear from your history, whether you are or are not HIV infected.
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