HIV-to-HIV Organ Transplants Moving Forward
June 28, 2016
(Med Page Today) – For decades HIV-positive patients were barred from organ donation, but recent policy changes have seen that federal ban reversed. Now surgeons at transplant centers that meet specific requirements including involvement in clinical research can implant organs from HIV-positive patients. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is planning a new study in collaboration with leading transplant centers — such as John Hopkins Medicine and Mount Sinai in New York City — seeking to better understand the process of donation from HIV-positive donors to HIV-positive patients, with the aim of ultimately standardizing a single protocol and expanding the use of such procedures nationwide.