A New Push to Let HIV Patients Accept Organs That Are Infected
April 18, 2011
An estimated 500 to 600 HIV-infected livers and kidneys would become available annually if not for a 23-year-old amendment to the National Organ Transplant Act, according to a new study co-authored by Johns Hopkins' transplant surgery director of clinical research. "We have a huge organ shortage," said Dr. Dorry Segev. "Every HIV-infected one we use is a new organ that takes one more person off the list." Some 110,000 Americans are awaiting transplants.
"We would like to see as many safe transplants occurring as possible, and there's no reason why HIV-positive recipients shouldn't get transplants and that HIV-positive donors can't be used," said Dr. Matthew Kuehnert, head of CDC's Office of Blood, Organ and Other Tissue Safety.
New York Times
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