About HIV-Positive Organ Donation

In limited international studies, HIV-positive organ recipients have fared well when transplanted with organs that were already infected with HIV. Unfortunately, in the United States, the National Organ Transplant Act bans the donation of ALL HIV-infected organs – this includes instances where the recipient is already infected with HIV. This law, which made sense when it was written in 1984 and amended in 1988, needs to be revised and brought up-to-date to account for the major developments in HIV treatment and care.