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Johns Hopkins University Medical Center in Baltimore MD has made history with a breakthrough for HIV positive individuals, by performing the first ever liver and kidney transplants from an HIV positive donor to 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.

In 2013 HOPE, which is the HIV Organ Policy Enactment Act was enacted which repealed the ban on the use of organs for transplantation by HIV positive organ donors. The transplant surgeons have given patients with HIV opportunity for a new lease on life.

Read the full article at LA Times

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