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U.S. Bill to Lift Ban on HIV Organ Donation Passes House Committee

July 19, 2013

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee has approved H.R. 698, the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act, which -- if approved by the full House -- would lift a ban on HIV-infected organ donation to HIV-infected recipients. Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) sponsored the bill, which the U.S. Senate passed in June.

If the HOPE Act becomes law, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Organ Procurement Transplant Network (OPTN) would develop and implement research standards for HIV-infected organ transplants. If research established that positive-to-positive transplantation did not endanger the safety of the organ transplantation network, the HHS Secretary would be able to permit the transplants. The bill also would require the Secretary to direct OPTN to develop positive-to-positive transplantation standards that would sustain the organ transplant network’s safety.

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