Bans Bans Bans!!! We have bans for a lot of things in this country, but one is about to be lifted. The Senate Heath Education and Pensions Committee have approved the HOPE Act, also known as the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act. The act would lift the federal ban on transplanting HIV positive organs to HIV positive recipients.
The HOPE Act would instruct the Department of Health and Human Service to make up a strategy about transplanting HIV positive organs into HIV positive recipients. This plan would decrease the wait time on people that were listed as HIV positive and negative. Over 40 advocacy groups have endorsed this bill, including the United Network for Organ Sharing.
This could save over 1000 lives. We lifted the ban of Don't Ask Don't Tell, HIV Organ Donating, etc.
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Justin B. Terry-Smith, M.P.H., may be one of the most public African Americans living with HIV: He has his own website, and he's even on YouTube. He is a noted HIV and gay civil rights activist and the creator of "Justin's HIV Journal," a popular blog in which he shares his trials and tribulations of living with HIV. A U.S. Air Force veteran, Justin resides in Laurel, Maryland, with his husband, Dr. Philip Terry-Smith, and their son, Lundyn. Presently, Justin is working toward earning his doctorate in public health. He welcomes your questions.
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