4-13-11: HIV and Organ Transplants
Not that long ago, if you had HIV and a failing organ like a liver or a kidney, your chances were not good. People who were HIV-positive would not be considered for organ transplants.
That’s not the case now. If you’re HIV-positive and need a transplant you will be put on the list. But the list of patients in need is long, and the list of donors is short.
Recently, however, some in the medical community have been suggesting a way to make that list a lost shorter for HIV-positive patients: Allow HIV-positive people to donate organs to HIV-positive patients in need.
This morning, Sheilah talks to Dr. Dorry Segev, Associate Professor of Surgery and Epidemiology and the Director of Clinical Research in the Comprehensive Transplant Center at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, who recently co-authored a paper about this idea.