Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
  Breaking News: FDA Approves Triumeq, New Once-Daily Combination Pill
  
  • Email Email
  • Comments Comments
  • Printable Single-Page Print-Friendly
  • Glossary Glossary

U.S. News

New York: Activists Rally for Equal Access to Transplants for Patients With HIV

December 19, 2013

This article was reported by Aljazeera America.

Aljazeera America reported that approximately 100 family members and friends of Lamont Valentin rallied December 18 at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City to protest New York State hospital guidelines that prohibited Valentin from receiving a life-saving lung transplant because he had HIV. Friends stated that although HIV-infected, Valentin had a healthy immune system because he had adhered to antiretroviral treatment. He needed a lung transplant because childhood infections had damaged his lungs permanently and made him increasingly sick. Valentin died December 1.

Activists from the AIDS advocacy group Act Up and the Occupy movement joined the rally to protest New York State organ transplant guidelines that disqualified HIV-infected patients. In addition to carrying photos of Valentin and lighted candles, the protesters revised the Christmas carol "Silent Night" and sang, "Silent Night, Dreary Night/ All is wrong, nothing's right/ When young men like Lamont lose their life, /Leaving behind a child and a wife./ We demand Lamont's Law."

Valentin's family stated they would continue to advocate for guideline changes and hoped to introduce a state law that would guarantee HIV-infected patients received equal access to transplants.

Back to other news for December 2013



  
  • Email Email
  • Comments Comments
  • Printable Single-Page Print-Friendly
  • Glossary Glossary

This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
See Also
ACT UP Carols at Rockefeller Center to Mourn Lamont Valentin and End HIV-Related Organ Transplant Discrimination
More News and Viewpoints on Organ Transplants and HIV/AIDS

No comments have been made.
 

Add Your Comment:
(Please note: Your name and comment will be public, and may even show up in
Internet search results. Be careful when providing personal information! Before
adding your comment, please read TheBody.com's Comment Policy.)

Your Name:


Your Location:

(ex: San Francisco, CA)

Your Comment:

Characters remaining:

Tools
 

Advertisement