Senate Bill 1408 will allow HIV-infected organ donations in California

PULSE HEADLINES | Marioxy Betancourt

California legislators have approved Senate Bill 1408, in which HIV-positive donors could now transfer organs to an HIV-positive patient. The law change was made due to the critical condition of a patient in San Francisco Medical Center.

Current state law forbids the transfer of any issues among HIV-positive patients. Before carrying out any transplants, donors are tested, and they must be and found nonreactive for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) to be candidates for tissue organs.

On Friday, however, the emendation above exposed has been removed by Senate Bill 1408. The bill was written by California’s Senator, Ben Allen, and subsequently sent to Governor Jerry Brown for a signature. Thus, HIV-organs transplants are no longer illegal as part of an urgent legislation that included a surgery of an HIV-patient in bad shape.

Gov. Brown has promptly signed the bill, and it has taken effect immediately. HIV-infected patients could not transfer or receive tissues in California and more than a dozen states from the U.S.

Since 2013, a legislation allowed transplants’ trials on HIV-patients and since then, safety regulations regarding this topic have been made. The most recent one gives HIV-positive patients a possibility for life just around the corner. According to Sen. Ben Allen, with SB 1408, lots of lives will be saved from this month and so on. Continue reading
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