A gift of life for HIV+ patients: US hospital to perform 1st organ transplant

New Delhi: Thousands of people living with HIV will now be able live longer, thanks to Doctors at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Johns Hopkins University became the first hospital .where Doctors have given the okay to perform HIV-positive to HIV-positive organ

Now, it is all set to perform the first kidney and liver transplants between HIV positive donors and HIV positive patients in the US.

According to TOI, Dr Dorry Segev, an associate professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, estimated that organs from 500 to 600 HIV positive potential donors have gone to waste each year and that allowing those donations could save more than 1,000 people.

"That'd be the greatest increase in organ transplantation that we've seen in the past decade," he said.

Since 1988 until November 2013, when President Obama signed the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act into law, medical facilities had been forbidden from such transplants. After receiving approval in January from the United Network for Organ Sharing, which manages the nation's organ transplant system, Johns Hopkins was prepared to perform a transplant as soon as a suitable organ and recipient emerged, the hospital said.