July 19, 2013
The HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act (H.R. 698; S. 330) was passed yesterday by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The Senate passed the bill unanimously in June, and the bill's many supporters are now looking for the bill to be brought to the House floor for review and a final vote.
This bipartisan bill is supported by AIDS United and numerous other organizations, including amfAR, the American Medical Association, the Human Rights Campaign, American Society of Transplant Surgeons, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This bill would repeal the ban on organ donation from HIV-positive donors to HIV-positive recipients. The bill would also allow research into the safety of such organ donation procedures, which is currently prohibited. It has the potential to save hundreds of lives of HIV-positive organ-recipients, as well as shortening the transplant waiting lists. Watch this space for updates as it is considered in the House.
The text of the bill can be found here.