Transplant surgeons met with U.S. congressional staffers and made the case for repealing a law that bans HIV-positive people from donating organs to others living with the virus, HealthDay News reports. Many people with HIV are at risk for organ problems such as liver or kidney disease, but right now they can only receive organs from HIV-negative donors. Researchers estimate that repealing the ban would save the lives of 1,000 people with HIV each year. In addition, lifting the ban would make more organs from HIV-negative donors more easily available to HIV-negative recipients, thus saving yet more lives. However, some medical officials express concerns that patients receiving organs from HIV-positive patients could receive opportunistic infections or stronger HIV strains; another concern is that such organs might accidentally be transplanted into HIV-negative recipients.
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