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April 2016
POLICY AND ADVOCACY
HIVMA Hails the First U.S. HIV+ to HIV+ Organ Transplant
When Johns Hopkins University became the first U.S. medical center to successfully conduct an organ transplant from an HIV-infected deceased donor to a recipient living with HIV infection, the news was greeted with applause from HIVMA. 
 
HIVMA helped lead the charge toward enactment of the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act in 2013, which ended the long-standing ban on transplants with HIV positive organs, even for research purposes. “HOPE modernized outdated federal law to reflect the current medical understanding of HIV infection,” said HIVMA Board Chair Carlos del Rio, MD, FIDSA. “For patients living with HIV, deceased donors with the same infection represent a unique source of organs holding the potential to save the lives of hundreds of HIV-infected patients struggling with liver and kidney failure each year. We look forward to seeing this medical breakthrough offer hope to more people living with HIV infection who are in need of organ transplants.” 
 
For further background, please see HIVMA’s 2011 policy statement and FAQ (PDFs) on HIV+ to HIV+ organ transplantation.


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