The first documented case of HIV transmission through anorgan transplant in more than 20 years has created a ripple effect on howsurgeons evaluate high-risk donors, the Los Angeles Times reports. In 2007, four organ transplant recipients inChicago contracted HIV and hepatitis C from a deceased “high risk” organ donor.According to a new study in the medical journal Archives of Surgery, 41.7 percent of surgeons surveyed said that theychanged their practices and reported decreased use of high-risk donors. What’smore, 31.6 percent of them said they added more emphasis on informed consent—ongetting patients to assume responsibility for unlikely complications.

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