Congress Votes to Allow Organ Transplants Between HIV-Positive Patients

Major news for people living with HIV/AIDS

OrganThink Progress reports:

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. If the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) concludes that transplanting organs between HIV-positive Americans is safe and effective under scientific guidelines set by the law, such transplants will then become legal and it will no longer be a crime for HIV-positive Americans to donate their organs. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the legislation into law.

Adds HRC:

The HOPE Act was introduced earlier this year in the Senate by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Tom Coburn (R-OK), and Rand Paul (R-KY) and in the House by Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA). HRC has worked alongside several other organizations to ensure this bill becomes law, including AIDS United, amfAR, HIV Medicine Association and the American Medical Association.

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  1. I'm hijacking all the threads today. Can we please call on andy to update this commenting system with ratings? The negative and horrible comments here are getting to be more of a draw for some people than the stories. People are constantly being attacked in the comments and in real life through other means of communication. Getting into a fight here could and HAS led to stalking and violence in the greater net. People also love to post as others and further disrupt conversations. This has to stop and it's up to us to force Andy's hand here, he is supporting a lot of anti-gay people.

    His twitter is @AndyTowle and his FB is

    Posted by: Fenrox | Nov 13, 2013 11:08:41 AM

  2. Also this is a cool story!

    Posted by: Fenrox | Nov 13, 2013 11:08:54 AM

  3. Any sign of the blood donation ban for HIV negative gay men being lifted?

    Seriously, sex once with a man since 1973, regardless of status?

    Posted by: Lymis | Nov 13, 2013 11:21:08 AM

  4. I look at it this way- IF I needed a Organ - and was either gonna Die waiting or have to take one from a person whom was HIV - I'll take the HIV one......thereis no other choice, except dying

    Posted by: disgusted american | Nov 13, 2013 11:34:15 AM

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