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U.S. Senate Committee Passes Bill Approving Organ Transplants Between HIV-Positive People

March 25, 2013

The Senate Health Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee approved the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act, a bill that would lift the ban on medical research on HIV-infected organs. Committee approval of the bill is the first step toward changing US policy to allow organ donation between HIV-infected people, if future research confirms the safety of such procedures. For the HOPE Act to become a law, the full US Senate must first vote to pass the bill. The HOPE Act has bipartisan support from sponsoring senators Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), and Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

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