Officials, experts call for amendment to National Organ Transplant Act

04/11/2011 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Federal health officials and other experts are seeking a repeal of an amendment to the National Organ Transplant Act, which currently bans the transplant of organs from HIV-positive donors, even to HIV-positive patients who may need the transplant. If the ban is lifted, 500 to 600 livers and kidneys from individuals with HIV would become available annually, according to a study in the American Journal of Transplantation. The CDC and other health agencies are planning to issue new guidelines that will make way for research of HIV-positive organs transplanted into HIV-positive patients -- a move that could lead to the lifting of the ban.

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