Thursday, December 15, 2016

UAB performs region's first HIV-positive organ transplant


The University of Alabama at Birmingham last month performed the region's first HIV-positive kidney transplant.

The patient is the eighth in the nation to receive an organ from an HIV-positive deceased donor, UAB says.

UAB is one of just 13 transplant centers in the U.S. approved for HIV-positive to HIV-positive transplants following the passage of the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act, or Hope Act. Signed into law in 2013 by President Barack Obama, the Hope Act revised a 1988 law prohibiting HIV-positive organ donors.

The Hope Act was officially implemented in late 2015. Continue reading

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