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March 17, 2011

HIV Transmitted From Kidney Transplant in NYC

An organ transplant recipient contracted HIV from a live kidney donor in New York City, The Wall Street Journal reports. The hospital followed transplant-testing recommendations, but the donor apparently had unsafe sex after the initial screening and before donating the kidney, according to the city’s health department. This is the nation’s first reported transmission case via a living donor transplant since 1985 when donor screening was implemented.

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Dave, Pa, 2011-03-19 18:28:54
This just shows how a "negative" test can be noted during a window period. The donor was reportedly negative for HIV weeks before the transplant. I feel badly for all involved. We need a cure!

Joni, , 2011-03-18 16:48:48
and bacteria. He must have ignored it or like many gay men at risk, believed that HIV was something that was unlikely to happen to him. Well, now this. The patient has FULL BLOWN AIDS. She has every right to be enraged and disgusted. THIS is why gay men must exercise greater personal responsibility because the stats say they ARE at much greater risk. What a tragedy.

Joni, , 2011-03-18 16:46:50
This is why gay men are targeted when it comes to blood donations and yes, organ donation. It's not about stigmatization - it's about a form of discrimination based on statistics. This donor had unsafe gay sex before surgery. Yes, the hospital could have tested him beforehand. But you know what angers me? This donor KNEW that unsafe sex would put him at risk. When donors get tested 10 weeks in advance, they are told to protect themselves during that window (not just against STDs, but flu virus,

Queen, East Cleveland, 2011-03-17 14:04:25
Accidents like that just don't happen, didn't they know the patients sexual history? They just don't care.

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