HOPE Act Holds Promise for Those With HIV

In early February 2016, John Hopkins broke medical ground receiving approval from the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) to be the first hospital in the country to perform HIV-positive-to-HIV-positive organ transplants. The announcement brought to life the 2013 HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act, a bill signed by President Obama making it possible for HIV-positive individuals to donate organs. 

“This law holds much promise for the organ donation and transplantation community,” said Dr. R. Patrick Wood, chief medical officer for LifeGift. “HIV-infected patients die faster on the waiting list compared to those who are non-HIV. This HOPE act truly allows us to offer hope to those who need it most.” 

The HOPE Act reverses the original legislation, part of the National Organ Transplant Act, which “required the Organ Procurement Transplant Network (OPTN) to adopt and use standards for preventing the acquisition of organs from individuals known to be infected with HIV.” 

For more information, about the HOPE Act, visit www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/11/21/hiv-organ-policy-equity-hope-act-now-law

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