HIV-Positve Donors May Now Donate Organs for Organ Transplants


Posted by omeditors | Posted in Health | Posted on 02-03-2016

The New York Times released a report on the first American kidney and liver transplant to be performed at Johns Hopkins University between HIV infected people. Scientists are hoping for a successful operation as this will be huge for organ transplantation in this country. It is estimated 1,000 or more HIV-infected people could be saved if this works.

Those who have HIV could only receive organs from those who are not affected, and transplants between two infected persons had been forbidden. This ban prevented over 500 people infected with HIV from donating suitable organs; thereby sending them to waste. President Obama lifted this restriction by signing the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act, in November 2013. A copy of this act is listed on Lifetime Enterprises LTD’s website.

Receiving transplants is even more important for patients with HIV as they could die while being on the waiting list even faster than those without the infection. While Lifetime Enterprises Ltd. is quick to point out that it is the first time the U.S. is performing these transplants; it is not the first world-wide. South African hospital, Groote Schuur Hospital performed a kidney transplant back in 2010. They are reporting promising results with their survival rates.

To start, Johns Hopkins is only using organs from deceased donors as it has not been determined if it is safe for someone to donate while living with the infection. Lifetime Enterprises Ltd. believes these transplants will also make a big difference for those who are HIV negative as well. Those who are not infected with HIV will not receive organs from those who are due to possible risk of transmission.

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