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United States: Bipartisan Group Introduces Bill to End Ban on HIV Organ Donation

February 25, 2013

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) introduced a bill to allow research into organ donation among HIV-infected people, which has been banned since a 1988 law made it illegal to transplant organs from one HIV-infected person to another. The 1988 law also prohibited research into transplants between HIV-infected persons. Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) will introduce the bill, the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act, in the U.S. House of Representatives.

According to HIV Plus magazine, the bill would allow researchers to determine the safety of organ transplants from HIV-infected donors to HIV-infected recipients. Demonstrated safety would clear the way for the U.S. Health and Human Services Administration to allow the Organ Procurement and Transportation Network to develop "safe procedures" for transplants.

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