August 19, 2013
Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center recently reported a successful kidney transplant between two HIV- infected individuals a few months ago. According to the report, this surgery was the first of its kind between two living HIV-infected patients. The patient had been on dialysis for two years and the living donor was his wife. She has now resumed work and is functioning normally. Both individuals are under close observation to make sure their kidney function and immune systems are working well.
The hospital commented that the procedure is complicated because of the need to change the patients' drugs to improve the chances of the surgery's success as well as prevent interactions between anti-rejection drugs and HIV treatment medications. According to Dr. Roni Baruch, head of Sourasky's transplant clinic, transplant organs from HIV-infected individuals have not been used before except in South Africa, where organ transplants from brain-dead individuals have been successful. The doctors noted that South Africa's success rate of transplants in HIV-infected persons is almost equal to that of uninfected individuals.