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Hopkins Begins Nation’s First HIV + Organ Transplants

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Written by Richard Hack

WASHINGTON – Surgeons at Johns Hopkings University hospital has performed the first organ transplants between HIV positive patients. The Baltimore institution provided a liver from a deceased donor to one patient; and a kidney from another HIV compromised donor. This option has been long heralded as the last step needed to extend long-term HIV positive patients whose kidneys and livers often suffer after extended use of HIV cocktails.

Johns Hopkins University says two HIV-positive patients are recovering well after one received a kidney and the other a liver from a deceased donor who also had HIV – organs that ordinarily would have been thrown away.

A ban on the use of organs from HIV-infected donors was lifted by a 2013 law. But this applies only to people who also are infected, not anyone else.

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