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December 18, 2013

New Law Allows Organ Transplants From Deceased HIV-Infected Donors to HIV-Infected Recipients

JAMA. 2013;310(23):2492-2493. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.284074

A recently passed law that ends a federal ban on transplantation of organs from deceased HIV-infected donors to HIV-infected recipients will help modernize health policy by addressing the reality that more people with HIV infection would benefit from transplantation.

Highly active antiretroviral therapy has dramatically changed the landscape of living with HIV, improving both life expectancy and quality of life for infected patients. As a result, many patients now enjoy life expectancies that mirror those of the general population.