Nation’s First HIV+ Donor To HIV+ Recipient Organ Transplants Take Place At Johns Hopkins [VIDEO]

From the Los Angeles Times:

In a first that gives HIV-infected patients yet another chance for long lives, surgeons at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center have transplanted a kidney and a liver from a dead donor who was HIV-positive into two HIV-positive recipients.

The transplant surgeries, which used organs donated by the family of an HIV-positive woman, ended a 25-year stretch in which the organs of HIV-infected people willing to donate them were rejected for use in transplants.

The experimental procedure follows the 2013 enactment of the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act, or HOPE, which repealed the ban on using such organs for transplantation.

“This is an unbelievably exciting day for our hospital and our team, but more importantly for patients living with both HIV and end-stage organ disease,” said Dr. Dorry L. Segev, the Johns Hopkins surgeon who performed the surgeries.

The kidney transplant patient has been HIV+ for 30 years and is already home from the hospital. The liver transplant patient, positive for 25 years, remains hospitalized and is reportedly responding well.

  • CityWOOF

    Wow! As somebody who remembers when dentists wouldn’t see gay patients for fear of getting hiv, I find THIS really remarkable! Very cool.

    • Goodboy

      Don’t think it’s out of the question in places like N Carolina and Mississippi.

      • Gest2016

        Good thing is not many people have teeth in those states anyways.

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  • Paula

    This is great! It gives them a chance for a longer, better life.

  • WarrenHart

    Great news obviously but sad that it took so long.

  • Treant

    OK, he’s not all that cute, but for being a hero doctor I’d play Finding Dorry with him.

    • Todd20036

      I always have to respect a fellow slut.

  • HoneyBoySmith

    Medical decisions ruled by science rather than fear?

    Maybe there IS hope for the future.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Excellent. And bravo to both the donors and the recipients. And, of course, to the brilliant medical team.

  • Todd20036

    About. Damned. Time.

    Anyone on HAART medicines is not going to be hurt by receiving HIV+ donor tissues, nor is he/she going to hurt anyone by donating them

    • Goodboy

      I didn’t even realize they didn’t do this till now. Great.

  • Randy Left Brooklyn

    This is great. It makes more organs available for everyone, positive or negative.

  • bkmn

    It worked because Ben Carson wasn’t involved.

  • TheManicMechanic

    This is amazing news, and about freakin’ time too.

  • science, bitches!

    • David Walker

      That…and a little common sense. It’s hard to think it’s taken a quarter century to figure this out. OTOH, three cheers for Dr. Stabby’s former place of business.

  • Hank

    Mazel Tov!!!

    Now it is time to see about blood donation!!

  • witch

    The donor and her family give meaning to the word Hero

  • Wondering

    I wonder if we’ll be seeing controversy down the line where HIV+ patients on the list to receive organs are passed over when an available organ from a HIV- patient becomes available so that the “clean” organ can go to “uninfected” recipient.

    Hopkins is still an evil, morally bankrupt institution.

    • Daveed_WOW

      Bitch, please.

    • Goodboy

      Wouldn’t surprise me. If there was any bias you wouldn’t even know it.