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Johns Hopkins approved to perform first HIV-positive to HIV-positive organ transplants in U.S.

Johns Hopkins recently received approval from the United Network for Organ Sharing to be the first hospital in the United States to perform HIV-positive to HIV-positive organ transplants. The institution will be the first in the nation to do an HIV-positive kidney transplant and the first in the world to execute an HIV-positive liver transplant.

09 February 2016
Johns Hopkins Medicine
NIH publishes criteria for research on organ transplantation between people with HIV infection

​In a Federal Register notice on Nov. 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published safeguards and criteria for research to assess the safety and effectiveness of solid organ transplantation from donors with HIV infection to recipients with HIV infection.

27 November 2015
National Institutes of Health
Liver transplants in HIV/HCV co-infection: study underlines importance of hepatitis C treatment

People with HIV and hepatitis C co-infection were significantly more likely to experience organ rejection than people with hepatitis C alone or HIV alone after undergoing a

26 June 2015
Keith Alcorn
Patients with HIV can safely receive kidneys from deceased HIV-positive donors, with good five-year survival rates

HIV-positive patients can safely receive kidneys from deceased HIV-infected donors, investigators from South Africa report in the February 12th edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. 

16 February 2015
Michael Carter
People living with HIV have high survival rates after liver transplants due to HCC

People with HIV – most of whom had hepatitis B or C co-infection – generally had good outcomes after liver transplantation due to hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), with

12 November 2014
Liz Highleyman
HIV Can Infect Transplanted Kidneys in HIV-Positive Recipients With Undetectable Virus

HIV can infect transplanted kidneys in HIV-positive recipients even in the absence of detectable virus in the blood, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). The study’s investigators also developed a simple urine test to diagnose such infections.

11 December 2013
Science Daily (press release)
Congress Votes To End The Outdated Ban On HIV Organ Transplants And Research

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives gave final approval to the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act, a bill that will end a 25-year ban on using HIV-positive donors’ organs for any purpose, including medical research.

13 November 2013
Plea to end transplant ban between HIV patients

A federal ban that forbids HIV-positive donors from giving organs to HIV-positive recipients is outdated and unnecessarily restrictive and should be repealed for the benefit of all transplant patients, says a growing clutch of health care and public health experts.

02 July 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
HIV-infected organ transplant is a one-off case: health minister

The recent HIV-infected organ transplant mishap that shook the nation is a one-off case, the health minister said Friday. 

02 September 2011
Focus Taiwan News Channel
Taiwan: HIV Donor's Organs Transplanted Into Patients

A hospital in Taiwan has apologised after organs from an HIV positive donor were transplanted into five patients in a case described as "appalling negligence".

29 August 2011
Yahoo News

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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