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.