HIV infected patients who need replacement organs say they should be allowed to access organs from HIV positive donors and federal health officials are considering whether its time to lift the current ban on such organ transplants.
Organ damage, and particularly kidney damage, can occur due to HIV/AIDS related infections and also due to the medications those infected with HIV are put on. This means that HIV patients often require organ donations.
Long waiting lists for organs and stigma meaning that patients with HIV may be overlooked as viable organ recipients has created a push to circumvent the waiting lists and use HIV-infected organs that would otherwise not be used for organ donations.
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